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Written by Jennifer Schimmel with photo from Gary Gower, Jr.

Wow! What an incredible meeting we had at the Northampton Community College’s Fowler Center. Their Center for Business and Industry is centrally located at 511 E. Third Street Bethlehem PA 18015. You need to check this place out!

Jeffrey Sheck one of the developers for The Center for Business and Industry graciously explained how CBI came into existence. He explained their mission, vision and long term goals for this renovated 8,000 square foot Bethlehem Steel building. Not only is there extensive history within this building but so much educational wealth to be discovered.

Their vision is simply to offer diversification, flexibility, affordability and powerful skills and tools to every single person in our community.

Remember that old saying? “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink?”

The fowler center has made it incredibly simple for students, entrepreneurs, employees, business owners, anyone to grow as person, a community, or a business. Giving them access to everything! This includes OSHA training, Safety Training, Technical, Healthcare, Hospitality, Computer Training, Leadership Training, Adult Literacy Training, English, Math, and non credit courses. They will even customize a training class for your or your employees to meet your needs.

Lauren Leffler, Vice President of Community Education, explained how there is a one stop process to register for a class or service. Anyone can walk right into the center and sign up for a class on the spot. The atmosphere has been built around the community, our busy lifestyles and us. This expansive space has a cafe on the 1st floor, a large classroom, and their extensive Fabrication Lab, which is about 8 years old.

Jeff Boerner with Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab took us on a tour of the multiple training rooms they have for welding, woodworking, guitar fabrication, vinyl graphics, sewing, metal working, plastics, 3D printing, CNC machining, plasma cutting, and anything else you can think of or would need! You can take one on one classes, schedule a team building exercise or take a certification, credit or non credit course. There are 26 instructors and so far 80 classes they offer. The hours are 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday.

This facility is going to impact our area in such a phenomenal way. There is limitless potential here paving the way to success. I hope that you or anyone you know will take the time to check the Fowler Center out. If you own a business there are so many opportunities here to grow yourself and your employees! Want to be a business owner? They give you all of the tools you need to start a business! The sky is the limit! See you there!