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Academic Program & Course Expectations
Under the leadership of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, programs of study at Northern Essex Community College are offered through the cooperative efforts of four academic areas, each directed by a Dean. Four areas administer the associate degree and certificate programs of study: Business, Math, Science and Technology; Health Professions; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Law, Education and Social Professions. The fifth, Instructional and Student Support, is a multi-purpose, service-oriented academic area that assists students to assess and improve academic skills.
Northern Essex Community College offers a variety of academic programs leading to the attainment of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree. Associate degree programs carry a minimum of 60 credits and follow a required or recommended sequence of courses. These programs are carefully designed to develop the knowledge, skill, abilities and appreciation that the College has determined essential to receive degree status. Students intending to continue their studies are encouraged to review specific college requirements with their advisors to obtain highest transferability of the NECC coursework.
Northern Essex Community College (NECC) students will emerge from our caring academic community prepared and motivated to become self-aware, engaged members of the communities in which they live and work. To do so, it is essential that all NECC students learn to think critically and gain problem solving skills. By helping them to look at their assumptions, ask penetrating questions, formulate hypotheses and draw conclusions based on sound evidence, we prepare them for the complex challenges they will face as citizens, in their careers, and in their personal lives.
Critical thinking requires the development of these five core academic skills:
Specific degree options within degree programs will recommend or require a minimum of either six courses or twenty credits as defined within the college catalog and will be included on the college transcript.
NECC certificates are awarded for an area of concentration that develops specific skills needed for immediate job entry into a career field/cluster or further study in a clearly identified are of specialization within a discipline. NECC awards several types of certificates.
The plan of study for each associate degree or certificate program indicates all or some of the following:
In order to meet the requirements in four semesters, a student must complete an average of at least 15 credit hours each semester. This pace involves a course load which, for a variety of reasons, is too heavy for many students. Therefore, many students take five and six semesters to complete their requirements. The college therefore, defines a full time student as one who is carrying 12 credit hours in one semester. Students, in consultation with advisors, select courses and create their schedule during the registration period. If students are not able to take the courses in the order in which they are listed in the curriculum plan, students must be certain that they have fulfilled any stated prerequisites for courses that are selected out of sequence.
All current and potential Northern Essex Community College students should be prepared to complete assignments, exams, and projects using a variety of computer technology formats for any course in which they are enrolled. As part of the learning experience, a faculty member may use technology to enhance his or her course. There are various formats that can be used:
Admission to career programs is competitive, as enrollments are limited. Qualified students who are not initially accepted to their program of choice are offered admission to the General Studies Degree. Students enroll in courses designated in the Career Program Sequence for the program for which they have applied. The courses are all applicable to the degree or certificate in which they seek to enroll. Career program faculty and/or Academic Advising staff advise these students. Qualified students are admitted to their program of choice when a vacancy occurs.
The sequence of courses in associate degree programs allows these programs to be completed in two years by full-time students. Many of our students design three to five-year plans or accelerate their progress by attending summer and/or evening classes. For more information see an advisor.
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