Northampton Community College (NCC) is expanding its workforce training and education programs to better support municipalities in the region that often have limited options when it comes to addressing related needs for managers and employees. For more than 50 years, NCC has been the region’s leading provider of training for corporations and businesses. The college’s goal is to now apply that expertise to focus on challenges facing local government organizations.

“We know local municipalities face many hurdles when it comes to employee training and education,” said Thomas Barnowski, NCC’s director of corporate and public safety education. “They are often challenged to address job-specific education related to public health, behavioral healthcare, emergency preparedness, and other service areas especially impacted by the pandemic.”

“We’re able to offer municipalities a breadth of customized solutions for up-skilling, re-skilling, team building and focused learning experiences. The fact that all our training is delivered locally, and in some cases on site at the workplace, makes it a good match for many municipalities in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County.”

According to Barnowski, in many cases Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Act dollars are available to municipal offices to cover costs for training and education. “For those offices that operate on tight budgets, that can make the difference of being able to afford training or not,” said Barnowski. 

NCC is offering programs in Health and Safety Training, Leadership, Multi-Dimensional Workplace De-Escalation, Maintenance Skills, and Team Building – all are eligible categories of the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Act. For details on programs offered and to request more information go to