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$72M NCC Monroe campus opens today

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File photo of the Monroe campus of Northampton Community College from when it was under construction.
File photo of the Monroe campus of Northampton Community College from when it was under construction.

A 10-year vision for Northampton Community College's new Monroe County campus comes to fruition today as the $72 million facility welcomes its first class of students.

NCC’s 200,000 square-foot, three-building campus is on 82 acres in the shadow of Camelback Mountain off Route 715 in Tannersville, land the college bought for $2 million in 2005. The new campus can accommodate 5,000 students, nearly tripling classroom space from the former campus that is nearby.

“I think there are moments in individuals’ lives when there are milestones,” NCC president Mark Erickson said this morning. “I look at this as that kind of moment, a watershed moment for this college and the community.”

Erickson said the college will be better positioned to respond to economic development and community outreach and be a significant training resource for businesses and organizations. In the last four years, more than 500 employees have used NCC technical training in Monroe.

“The buildings are quite spectacular,” Erickson said. “And it’s inspiring the way the buildings respond to the setting.”

The college’s second summer session begins today, and also will include students taking noncredit courses.

The new campus has seven science labs and two health and nursing labs. There also are a gymnasium, fitness center and kitchen area which offers culinary courses. A children’s center in the basement of the largest building has a capacity of 40 children.

The fall semester begins Aug. 25, and the college is hosting tours July 26 and Aug. 6 for high school groups and others interested in seeing the campus.

NCC’s former Tannersville campus, two miles from the college’s new home, is for sale and listed at $3.5 million, Erickson said.

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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