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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Noncredit/Credit Pathways

Did you know that you can now earn credits toward your NECC associate degree or certificate by successfully completing select noncredit courses and certificate programs?

Noncredit courses and certificate programs have always provided convenient, affordable options to learn new personal and professional skills, explore interests and occupations, prepare for a new job or complete professional development or certification programs to advance your career. Now you also have the option to earn credits to give you a good head start on your credit degree or certificate program at NECC too!

Whether you are taking noncredit courses to explore a possible new career path, been out of school for years and using noncredit courses to ease into returning to college, or you’re considering going back to school and just testing the water, you might be interested in our new Noncredit/Credit Pathways Program which provides a seamless pathway from noncredit to credit programs. Thanks to a new internal articulation agreement, students who successfully complete any of the following approved noncredit certificate programs or courses may request academic credit toward their NECC associate degree or certificate program.

NECC Credit Eligible Non Credit Courses NECC Corresponding Credit Courses Number of Credits
ESBD1034- Entrepreneurial Training Program BUS 102- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BUS 216-Entrepreneurship:Small Business Start-up
CMPA1117-QuickBooks-Level 1
CMPA1118-QuickBooks Level 2
ACC 205-Computerized Accounting Systems 3
Accounting & Bookkeeping Fundamentals:
SBPD1143-Fundamentals of Accounting and Bookkeeping I
SBPD1144-Fundamentals of Accounting and Bookkeeping II
SBPD1145-Computerized Accounting and Bookkeeping Using Quick Books
ACC 101 Introductory Accounting 3
CMPA1122 Intro to MS Office
CMPA1052, CMPA1053, and CMPA1053: Access 1, 2 & 3
CMPA1049, CMPA1050, and CMPA1051: Excel 1, 2, &3
CMPA1055, CMPA1116,and CMPA1056: PowerPoint 1,2 & 3
CMPA1046, CMPA1047, and CMPA1048: Word 1, 2 & 3
CIS110 Computer Applications 3

Additional courses may be reviewed, approved and added at any time so please check back for additions.

Please note: Credits earned for noncredit courses are guaranteed to apply to appropriate Northern Essex credit programs, but are not guaranteed to transfer to any upper level institutions.

In order to earn credit, students who successfully complete the listed noncredit courses must provide a certificate of completion from the Center for Corporate and Community Education and complete a Noncredit/Credit Pathways Request for Academic Credit form. Forms to request a certificate of completion and/or academic credit are available at the Center for Corporate and Community Education and may be obtained by sending an email to noncredit@necc.mass.edu or by calling 978-659-1200.

For additional information, please contact:

Diane Zold-Gross,
Assistant Dean, of The Center for Corporate and Community Education
Email: dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu
Phone: 978-659-1221