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Civic Engagement & Service Learning Update


Commitment to Civic Engagement

Janel DAgata Lynch

During the 2015-2016 year, Northern Essex Community College made a stronger commitment to help prepare students for citizenship.  NECC hired its first Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Coordinator. Janel D’Agata-Lynch started in November of 2015. 
The Boston Globe and Merrimack Valley Magazine’s Noteworthy newsletter picked up the story from NECC. 
To help frame this work, the Advisory Board …

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Strengthening College & Community Connections

Arnold and Parah with three NECC-faculty and staff

The Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Coordinator worked to create and strengthen relationships with non-profit community partners in both Haverhill and Lawrence. She met with 18 local community organizations, interested in partnering with NECC for service-learning and volunteerism.

In order to help students and faculty access these opportunities, the Coordinator, in collaboration Student Engagement, hosted a service-learning and volunteerism fair in the spring…

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The Metrics of Civic Engagement

Pie chart graph for 2015-2016 NECC Civic Engagement, showing 56% Curricular and 44% Co-Curricular

The Coordinator organized and compiled survey data and records from the 2014-2015 year regarding civic engagement and service-learning efforts on campus. Based on this analysis, 349 students participated in civic engagement and service learning during the 2014-2015. 
A new, shorter survey was constructed and sent to faculty and staff who are known to engage students with …

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Supporting Faculty and Staff

Paula Richards with 4 Faculty Members

The Coordinator met with 28 NECC faculty and staff members to better understand how her role intersects with theirs and offer support and collaboration, where appropriate.
In fall 2015, four Service-Learning Faculty Fellows implemented service-learning in classes.  In total, 13 service-learning courses were offered during 2015-2016, down from the previous year’s 17 courses.
In spring 2016, six …

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Civic Action Plan

Northern Essex Community College strives to create an environment that supports and encourages civic engagement among our students, faculty, staff, and as an institution.

NECC’s Civic Action Plan embraces this vision by preparing our students to be active, informed citizens; by empowering the NECC community to pursue partnerships to benefit local and global communities; and to institutionally contribute to the health and strength of our local communities.

In March of 2016, President Lane Glenn signed onto Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors reaffirming Northern Essex Community College’s dedication to civic engagement.  As part of this commitment, NECC pledged to create a campus Civic Action Plan documenting the action steps and expected impact. 

For more information about the NECC Civic Action Plan 2017-2020, contact Janel D’Agata-Lynch, M.S.W., Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Coordinator at 978-738-7530 or email jdagatalynch@necc.mass.edu.