“It’s a funny story,” says Marsha Singletary-Rodgers, a social work graduate of the Northampton Community College (NCC) Monroe Campus and a resident of Tobyhanna.  “I was at NCC registering my son when he and a young lady who worked there, convinced me to register, too.  I can’t thank either of them enough.  This has been a blessing.”  She chose to major in social work because she sees a great need for social workers in our communities.   

She tells entering students to come to NCC with an open mind: “There are great professors and students, if you are friendly and receptive.  Both professors and students are welcoming and willing to help you if you need it. Embrace the idea of social work, then think outside of the box and see where you can make a difference.” 

Marsha Singletary-Rodgers/Photo by John Kish IV

An outside-of-the box idea that Singletary-Rodgers has is to eventually open a community center for older people, where their grandchildren can come and have fun with grandma and grandpa. For the more immediate future, she plans to transfer to East Stroudsburg University and major in psychology.   

Her greatest challenge at NCC was moving to remote learning put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic; but is happy that she and her classmates made it through. 

She is a member of two honor societies, Phi Theta Kappa and the Psi Beta psychology honor society. 

“My experience at NCC changed my perspective on myself,” Singletary-Rodgers says.  “There were things in my life I thought weren’t for me.  NCC has shown me that I can fight and accomplish much if I don’t give up.”