The Wilson Area school board agreed to pay the requested $289,571 contribution to Northampton Community College (NCC). The board made this decision after Dr. Mark Erickson, president of the college, gave a presentation about the college and how it uses its funds at the Wilson school board’s meeting on Monday night.

This year’s request of $289,571 is $11,467 higher than last year after an increase of 4.7%. This rate is based on the number of Wilson area students that utilize NCC, which has increased since last year.

Erickson went on to note that Wilson students have had a lot of success at NCC. Some recent Wilson area NCC students were accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, represented their fellow classmates on the student government and participated in the college’s sports teams.

“The impact that I see in terms of what happens with the students is extraordinary,” Erickson said. “We are a college of the community. Our mission shifts day to day as the needs of the community change day to day.”

Erickson gave several reasons why the Wilson school board should continue their support of NCC. NCC graduates have a positive impact on the area with about 90% of them remaining in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas after graduation. 90% of the class of 2012 graduated with a job or with plans to continue their education.

Janis Krieger, the Wilson school board’s representative to NCC, offered her perspective to her fellow board members at Monday night’s meeting. “I go out there once a month and I must say that they are an amazing bunch of people. Students are always busy. Something is going on all the time. Everyone just works together so well.”

At the end of their meeting, the Wilson area school board confirmed the proposed contribution of $289,571.