NCC adopted a strategic initiative called “Trek to the Top” that focused the college’s direction on key areas including student outreach, a completion agenda, diversity and global engagement, community engagement and leadership in technology.


NCC was named the “Top Workplace in the Lehigh Valley” among large employers based on employee responses to a survey conducted by the national research firm Workplace Dynamics.

The college’s women’s volleyball team finishes fifth in the country in the National Junior College Athletic Association.


The college opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art $72 million campus. Built in Tannersville on 78 acres near Camelback Mountain and the Delaware Water Gap, NCC’s Monroe Campus features classrooms and labs, a student center and student services buildings, a modern library, a spacious food court, and a gymnasium and fitness center.

NCC became one of 150 community colleges, out of more than 1,400 nationwide, nominated for the Aspen Prize.

The college received its largest grant ever, $10 million from the U.S. Department of Labor, for collaborative work with Lehigh Carbon and Luzerne County community colleges to transform workforce training in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and transportation.

NCC was named one of the first recipients of a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant to strengthen international relations and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Building on a long tradition of serving the community, the college opened a Center for Civic and Community Engagement to deepen that commitment and to empower students to become community problem-solvers throughout their lives.

Northampton was named a “Green Ribbon School,” one of only nine colleges and universities in the country so honored for stewardship of the environment and leadership in environmental education.

The Hartzell Center for Advanced Technology received a million-dollar makeover to train “smart workers” needed to run equipment being used in modern manufacturing through a grant from the Department of Labor.

The YWCA presented NCC with the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award for the college’s commitment to diversity initiatives.


The college initiated a renewed student success agenda that included introduction of Success Navigators to advise enrolled students, College Connection Specialists to work in area high schools to make students aware of academic opportunities at NCC, and the integration of a Guided Pathways approach that streamlines a student’s journey through college by providing structured academic path choices, revamped support, and clear learning outcomes.

The college is named to the Center for Digital Education’s “Top 10 Tech Savvy Community Colleges” three years in a row (2014 – 2016).


NCC celebrated its 50th anniversary with a historic celebration attended by faculty, staff, alumni, students, donors and friends. During the evening, the college launched its largest ever fundraising campaign, “Transforming Lives,” to raise $17 million for expansion of student scholarships and support of other college priority areas.

The college debuted a successful summer theater program with five musical productions that combed New York City professionals, talented students, local actors and remarkable directors to entertain audiences with exceptional theatre.


The multimillion-dollar Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship opened in NCC’s Fowler Southside Family Center in Bethlehem. The CIE provides facilities, training and resources to catalyze innovation and foster entrepreneurship for students and community members.

The college attained its 10 year goal of reducing energy consumption by 20%.

NCC was awarded a Lumina Foundation grant to fund participation of 20 NCC community members in USC’s acclaimed Race and Equity Center training program. The program guided individuals to effectively question their own assumptions, recognize racial stereotypes that harm student success, and continually reassess practices to create positive change.


NCC’s Monroe Campus was designated a “Zero Energy Campus” a distinction held by few campuses and buildings in the United States, cementing the college’s commitment to sustainable operations of the Monroe Campus. (Defined by the U.S. Department of Energy, a Zero Energy Campus is a campus that uses 100% renewable energy.)

The college’s women’s tennis team finished second in the nation after competing in the NJCAA national championships, the 16th national championship appearance by an NCC athletics team since 2011.


Generating more than $21 million, the college completed its most successful fundraising effort ever, the Transforming Lives campaign, to support student success.

NCC was the only college in the nation to receive a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. EPA. The college joined the ranks of Bank of America and Google with this recognition of its environmental efforts, including being the largest community college consumer of green power in the nation.

Graduates of NCC reached a milestone…97% are either in a career or continuing their education, a testament to the power of NCC education.


NCC’s fierce commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion continues to expand with the completion of its DEI strategic plan and addition of a new vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to lead efforts at the college.

Dr Erickson was named chair of the Pennsylvania Commission of Community Colleges.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited NCC’s Bethlehem campus with U.S. Rep. Susan Wild and PA Secretary of Education Noe Ortega to meet with students and tour the college’s Hartzell Center for Advanced Technology.

The college successfully completed implementation of a new Workday enterprise system that touches every area of the college. The massive undertaking spanned several years and provides the college with the data and technology platforms to excel in the future.

NCC’s endowment reaches $84 million, growing in excess of 250% in value since 2012.