Northampton Community College: Committed to Workforce Development and High Priority Occupation Training Now More than Ever
October 21, 2020
Community colleges are often at the forefront of creating new training options based on trends in local business and industry need. Agility is key. For decades, Northampton Community College has delivered non-credit training programs in Corporate and Public Safety, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Industrial Skills, Hospitality, Computer Skills and Office Administration. We recognize the importance of creating training that meets the needs of our local employers and businesses in the many high priority occupations in our geography.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many with layoffs, job eliminations and business failures. Our goal in response was to create a simple landing page that contained all of the details about what NCC offers, as well as contacts to get more information, enroll and progress toward a new career. With so many looking for work and upskilling, we created additional short-term trainings to address this need. These “Micro-Credentials,” whether a longstanding or brand new offering, are all listed on a webpage to inform our citizens of what we can do to help.
The link for these training opportunities is northampton.edu/BacktoWork.
The link takes you to this page:
Click on the orange “Explore Options” box to find the listing of all programs, program length and costs, and if funding is available to eligible participants through PA CareerLink.
Our latest offerings include COVID-19 Train-the-Trainer, Resort Operations, Accelerated Office Skills and Social Services Assistant. We will continue to create and offer additional courses as the COVID-19 situation evolves and our local business community informs us of their ongoing needs.
There are many ways we partner to support our local employers and their talent needs. One example is through our Line Worker program. The program has been running for seven years at NCC, and is unique to our college. Very few schools nationally offer this training; students even come from out of state to participate. We’ve trained more than 200 line workers during this time, preparing them for great careers that support public and private utility companies, cable providers, tree experts and surgeons, and more.
Local employers participate in events geared toward this program, such as Employer Day. This gives company hiring representatives the opportunity to highlight their company, explain the types of services they provide and discuss job opportunities that are available. In the same day, they get to see our students at work practice, climbing poles, doing pole top rescue and demonstrating all they have learned during this 12 week, 375 hour training course. The balance of the day is conducting interviews with the students that often yield same-day job offers. The positions offer impressive starting salaries, major overtime opportunities and upward mobility in apprentice and journeyman programs. For those who are willing to brave the elements, work hard, and never stop thinking about safety, this is a great career choice.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TRAINING
Events over the last several months have highlighted a serious need to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. This certainly includes the workplace. Our Workforce Development department has created, with the help of diversity professionals and skilled facilitators, trainings that can be customized per industry or business to address the necessary mindset and behaviors required to move businesses forward in this increasingly important area.
HERE’S HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
If you have a hiring need, call us! With over 100 programs offered, NCC is preparing students for success in the world of work. Regardless of your business line, our Career Services department professionals will help you connect to talent to hire or fill internships. There are many free services and tools for companies to post jobs, internships and work opportunities.Let us help you connect with our graduates and program completers.
In partnership with employers and the campus community, Career Services provides the programs, opportunities and resources necessary to address the career and workforce related needs of everyone in the NCC community.
College Center 348
Keystone Hall 109
If you have a workforce training need, call us at 610.861.5580. We work with companies to customize training based on industry, market and specific culture. Training can be delivered in-person or remotely based on interest. Leadership, management, teamwork, diversity, computers/IT and safety are just some of the areas we offer.