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Mission Statement & Core Values

The Mission of Northern Essex Community College

The mission of Northern Essex Community College is to serve the people of the Greater Merrimack Valley as a caring and comprehensive center of educational excellence that offers high quality, affordable adult and post secondary education through the Associate Degree level, as well as a broad range of occupational programs and community services which enhance the social, cultural and economic life of the region.

NECC’s Core Values

Student Engagement

We are committed to fully engaging our students as active learners by providing a diverse range of educational experiences.


We are committed to developing productive, collaborative relationships within the college and among our various constituencies in the greater Merrimack Valley.

Personal and Professional Growth

We are committed to the personal and professional growth of faculty, staff, and students alike. We believe that lifelong learning is essential to the personal enrichment and professional growth of each individual.


We are committed to fostering mutual respect that enables faculty, staff, and students to grow and work together in a supportive environment of shared governance, open communication, and fairness.


We are committed to creating an institutional climate that deepens our appreciation for diversity and for the unique attributes of each individual.

Access and Opportunity

We are committed to providing affordable access to educational opportunity.


We are committed to a high standard of educational excellence in teaching and learning. Nothing less than the best will do for and from our students and ourselves.