Los Angeles Times

No. 1: Northampton Community College

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2012, Northampton Community College is the larger of two publicly supported community colleges in the Lehigh Valley. It boasts an $80 million budget, more than 2,600 faculty and staff and some 46,000 credit and noncredit students at its campuses in Bethlehem Township, south Bethlehem and Tannersville. Yet, those who work for the institution describe the intimacy of their "worth place" – a place they gladly visit after hours or on weekends, a place they feel appreciated, encouraged and challenged. In this photograph, Javier Avila – an associate professor of English and an award-winning poet – teaches a modern poetry class. FULL PROFILE: NCC: A college of the community Top Workplaces profile: Northampton Community College website: www.northampton.eduPHOTO BY APRIL BARTHOLOMEW / THE MORNING CALL