Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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NCC’s Criminal Justice program #11 in the nation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Contributed article in Local News has named Northampton Community College’s online associate degree in criminal justice #11 in the nation. Rankings are determined by academic quality, online offerings, cost and student aid offered.

“There’s a lot more to learning than just books. That’s why we include a heavy dose of real world perspective in our program,” said Professor of Criminal Justice John F. Spirk Jr., JD.

As a district attorney and deputy attorney general, Professor Spirk knows the law. As a professor, he finds nothing more satisfying than “when my students have just applied topics learned to some event in the headlines.”

Professor Vertel Martin served for over 22 years in law enforcement with the City of New York. In the classroom, she employs the keys of “communication, cooperation, and exchange of information and intelligence, along with courtesy, professionalism and respect.”

The two professors bring a real world “Law & Order” perspective to the criminal justice program at NCC. Learn more about this dynamic duo and NCC’s criminal justice program at

About Northampton Community College

With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a 4-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, and Monroe County, serving more than 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 48 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit