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Year One Project Highlights

October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012

Enhancement of Lawrence CPAC:

  • CPAC Lawrence increases counseling services; 1558 Hispanic students (335 new) were served in fall 2011 and 2069 Hispanic students (444 new) were served in spring 2012.
  • Implementation of Degree Works continued; at the end of the grant’s first year, 65.5% Hispanic students enrolled on the Lawrence campus had academic plans developed for them.
  • Financial Aid Workshops were integrated into New Student Orientation, College Success Seminars, and campus & community settings.

Creation of a new Student Success Center (SSC):

  • A new Student Success Center opens on the Lawrence Campus; 268 students visit in fall 2011; 319 students visit in spring 2012. New programs & services include: Early Alert, Allied Health Mentoring, Career Counseling, Social Services Counseling, STEM Exploration, Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring and Summer Bridge Program.
  • Two hundred and twenty eight (228) students attend seminars and labs through the STEM Exploration Program.
  • Forty one (41) students are referred to the Allied Health Mentoring Program.
  • The center facilitates workshops on Time Management, Test Taking Strategies, Study Skills, Note Taking, Career Decisions, Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI), Resume Writing and Business Etiquette.
  • SSC staff accompanies 12 Latino students to the National Dominican Student Conference at Brown University, a weekend long event designed to build social and academic support networks among students.
  • Student Assistants Alex Acevedo and Lizmarie Mota participate in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Campus Catalyst program, an initiative to boost socially responsible entrepreneurship and economic development.
  • Student Assistant Karla Cruz attends the Discover Law Program at Suffolk University; a month long program for 20 promising freshman & sophomore students.
  • The first NECC Summer Bridge program takes place in August 2012; participants learn about college-level expectations for Literacy, Math, personal responsibility, and academic success. Additional workshops focus on Financial Literacy, Student Engagement, Stress Management, Study, Note and Test Taking Skills. Eleven (11) Latino freshman students participate. Closing celebration features guest speaker, Francisco Ureña, NECC Alumni and Commissioner of Veterans Services for the City of Boston.
  • The Student Success Center expands the Early Alert pilot and increases collaboration with the College Success Seminar (CSS) faculty; as a result, 451 CSS students complete the College Student Inventory (CSI) in fall 2012.