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White Fund Lecture Series

Richard Blanco
NECC has made a tremendous effort to expose its students, professors and staff to an array of talented and highly-respected poets and writers. Richard Blanco is a Cuban-American poet who is not afraid of putting his family and heritage as the anchor of his work. He was the first openly gay person and first [Read More …]

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 [Read More …]

Year Two Project Highlights

October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013
Career Planning and Advising Center CPAC – Lawrence

CPAC Lawrence; 3,883 unduplicated Hispanic students (889 new) were served during year 2 showing an increase of 110 Hispanic students over the first year of the grant.
Implementation of Degree Works continued; at the end of the grant period 59.4% Hispanic students enrolled [Read More …]

Career Services: NECC Link

NECC Career Services has a new website available to all students, alumni, local businesses and non-profit organizations. We spoke with Ashley Bragger, Staff Associate at NECC Career Connections who is the contact person for this initiative. Ashley shared with us the importance of this new site and what it will mean to the NECC community.

What is NECClink?

A Road to Professional Excellence

Jessica Castillo started her college career like many NECC students, taking non-college courses in order to develop the skills needed to successfully complete an Associate’s degree and further. At the Center, Jessica received guidance to help balance work and school and maintain the motivation necessary to achieve academic and professional goals.

Along with schoolwork help, Jessica took advantage of

Powerful Women

It was a successful semester at the Student Success Center with several students from the Center graduating at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony, and moving on with an abundance of scholarships. Three students: Karla Cruz, Lizmarie Peralta and Elizabeth Pena have been determined to succeed since stepping on campus a couple of years ago. All three graduated with Honors and received lucrative scholarships to attend Suffolk University, UMASS-Boston and St. Joseph’s College, respectively. However, they did not know where their natural academic abilities would lead them and ongoing conversations at the Center helped them shuffle and weave through the complexities of higher education.

Karla cruised through the ESL program and most of her Business degree, but she wanted a challenge, something that would set her apart from the rest of the pack. During one of her one-to-one sessions, she expressed her desire to apply to Suffolk Law School’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program (PLUS), an “intensive four-week summer opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about the practice of law and what it takes to become a successful law student.” Karla received help at the Center with the essay, resume and interview necessary for the application process. She was accepted and completed the program in the summer of 2012. In May 2013, Karla accepted Suffolk’s $18,000 scholarship offer and plans to attend the university in Fall 2013.

A Tale of Two Jeans

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” This opening from Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities, illustrates the two extremes of college. Either we’re passing or not. Either we graduate, move on and help with our families’ struggles or we stay stuck at a dead end job. Fortunately, life does not function in such a black & white manner and the journey means more than the destination. In other words, you will remember the ups and downs of college more than the stage walk to receive your degree.

Jean Carlos is the perfect example of a student who came to the Center without many study skills, but understood that college is a marathon and not a sprint. When he first came to the Center, he was failing most of his courses, but he did not get discouraged. He continued to come almost every day, did his homework, asked for help and kept active on campus.