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Jim McCarthy shows The Commuter inside NCC's new RV.
NCC's new RV is expected to travel all around the state to different high schools and other locations to reach out to perspective students, offering them resources on applying for college and financial aid, as well as career services.
NCC’s new RV is expected to travel all around the state to different high schools and other locations to reach out to perspective students, offering them resources on applying for college and financial aid, as well as career services.

Most people on campus have taken notice to the 33-foot long and 13.6 feet tall recreational van parked around campus. It all started with an idea the originated in Texas, where approximately twenty-five RVs travel across the state representing several different schools.

Courtesy of the Northampton Community College Foundation, funds were raised exceptionally, which led to the purchase of the new $140,000 RV. Their main goal is “to bring Northampton out into the community and have us more visible,” said Jim McCarthy, Director of NCC Admissions. McCarthy describes the van as a “mobile billboard” that travels around the community to make people aware of NCC by bringing the necessary resources and staff to them. With this new “mobile billboard”, those who might not be able to travel to the college can instantly receive individual help in the process of applying for college.

The RV is furnished with refreshing features such as three surface tablets, a large screen monitor, seven spacious storage cabinets, organized brochures and magazines under a sophisticated waiting area, a bathroom, microwave and a small refrigerator, a generator and air-conditioning system, solar-powered shades and curtains for the windows, six outlets, a built-in back-up and side-mirror cameras, three small tables with seats where visitors and family members can relax and learn about registration and financial aid. Soon there will be frames and group photos already taken of major programs on the walls of the RV.

Inside NCC's new RV that will travel to different locations helping potential students gain access to different services.
Inside NCC’s new RV that will travel to different locations helping potential students gain access to different services.

McCarthy had already traveled to Freedom High School’s open house with the RV and introduced the college to students and their families. Patty Boulous, Assistant Director of Admissions/International Students, joined McCarthy to Liberty High School, Forks Community Park in Easton , Chestnut Hill Community in Monroe County, NCC Monroe campus as well as the Fowler Center in Southside Bethlehem. Since it’s release, over 200 community members have already come to explore the RV and to learn more about the college.

Not only is the RV beneficial for prospective students, but current students from a different county that have not registered yet or need to decide a major for the upcoming semester. As McCarthy mentioned, the whole purpose of the RV is “to use it creatively to bring college career services and resources out to the community.”

All NCC students and staff are welcome to share their ideas in regards to the RV in the Admissions office.