Northampton Community College (NCC) has been awarded a Major Grant in the amount of $12,500 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support the college’s efforts to recruit students for high-priority occupation training. Northampton Community College was selected to receive the grant based on its demonstrated history of effectively serving students with limited financial resources and significant demands on their time, who are often uncertain how to navigate college or face challenges planning for their future.
The grant funds will enable NCC to develop and deliver high-priority occupation student recruitment videos to inform students, the unemployed, and underemployed of educational pathways that lead to careers in automotive, electronics, HVAC, and welding. These jobs are in demand, the prospects of earning family-sustaining wages are real, and job placement for program completers is certain. This project helps students make career choices that best serve their future, improve the quality of life in their community, and create a pipeline of job-ready workers to sustain our region’s economy.
“NCC will use the videos to increase awareness of the careers available in today’s manufacturing and industrial companies. The videos will briefly overview each program and the potential opportunities for students who graduate from these programs. The videos will help increase enrollment and be made available to CTE instructors, high school and middle school teachers, guidance counselors, and will be posted on the NCC website,” says Kenneth Nasatka, director of NCC’s Center for Advanced and Industrial Technology.