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This country was founded on the concept of immigration. Immigrants from all around the world have arrived by land, air and sea with one idea in mind: opportunity. Opportunity for a better education; opportunity for better work; opportunity for a better life. NECC is committed to celebrate the diversity of cultures, especially when both campuses, Haverhill & Lawrence, are located in mill cities. The cities were home to thousands of European immigrants who came ashore to work in the mills during the country’s Industrial Revolution.

The most recent wave of immigrants include Latin Americans from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras. From September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month, when we celebrate the many contributions and successes of Latinos in this country including one of NECC’s own, Angel Augusto.

Raquel Cepeda: A proud Latina with a message of self-identity, hope and resilience.

[caption id="attachment_79988" align="alignleft" width="150"]NECC students stand around Raquel Cepeda Author-Journalist Raquel Cepeda (center) with NECC Student. March 2014[/caption]

Author, Hip-hop journalist and social activist, Raquel Cepeda, blessed Lawrence with her presence during the Spring semester to speak about identity and the search to feel comfort within your own skin. A group of more than 20 NECC students took part in the luncheon that included an in-depth discussion about her new book Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina.

Celebrating Tradition & Encouraging Success

The three local mill cities: Haverhill, Lowell, and Lawrence have been shaped and influenced by the numerous immigrants who arrived to our busy streets and called it home. One can see and experience the various cultures through local restaurants, festivals, and cultural events. March is dedicated to our Irish men and women whose ancestors built the mills, canals, and roads that gave our mill cities life. Lowell, home to the highest population of Cambodians in the country, celebrates its robust Asian community with the annual Southeast Asian Water Festival, and the local Italian community celebrates their heritage at Lawrence’s Feast of the Three Saints, which will enjoy its 92nd year in 2015.

More recently, Latino communities are also joining in the celebration of heritage and tradition. Like other cultures, the sense of belonging is crucial in the assimilation process and staying connected to their rituals, music, and food helps with feeling connected to their new home. Locally, Hispanic Week in mid-June serves as the days we celebrate Latinos at the Lawrence Campagnone Common Park, which has been the site since 1979. Nationally, Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th to October 15th and through different mediums, we observe and acknowledge the multiple contributions of our Latino brothers and sisters.

Spring 2014 – A semester of Poets and Writers

Carlos Contreras, a Slam Poet national champion. From Mexican decent, Carlos shared his struggles and pride through poetry. He performed in the Lawrence Campus and did a workshop with NECC students where they created and shared their own poems.

Student Success Center Helps NECC Graduates Succeed

For many community college students it takes more than the “two-years” that many believe it should take to obtain an Associate Degree and transfer. This is especially true for first-generation students, regardless of how “good” of a student one may be, and the sooner students can talk about the graduation timeline the less mystery there will be in the complex world of higher education.

There are various reasons for taking an extra semester or two or three to graduate: the necessity to work and help the family with finances; parental responsibilities; a change of major; health issues and many others. The good news is there are role models to follow, who experience very similar difficult circumstances, but have succeeded and are moving on.

Year Three Project Highlights

October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014
Career Planning and Advising Center CPAC – Lawrence

CPAC Lawrence worked with 1286 not previously served unduplicated Hispanic students.
Implementation of Degree Works continued; at the end of the grant period 72.5% Hispanic students enrolled on the Lawrence campus had academic plans developed for them, an increase from 59.4% during the […]

Meet Your Senate

I originate from San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. I have lived in Haverhill as well as Methuen, but I currently reside in “the city of promise” Lawrence, Where I was raised. I am also a Greater Lawrence Tech graduate.

5 year Plan: My plans for the next five years begin with attaining an Associate in Business from NECC, then moving on to a four year institution to acquire a Bachelors.

Wellness & Fitness Programs

All programs are designed and supervised by Rob Parker, MS. C.S.C.S.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Iron Knight Motivation
Come workout over the course of the academic year and win prizes!

5 Visits = Ear buds
10 Visits = Pedometer
15 visits = Backpack
25 visits = Sweatshirt

A quick, high-intensity circuit […]

Counseling Services

is here for all students to discuss any issue or concern. The atmosphere at the Counseling Office is both welcoming and comfortable for all students. Every concern is regarded as important and is treated with respect. Services are confidential.

The primary goal of the counseling is to help students fully develop their emotional, intellectual, & social potential. All concerns are addressed with sensitivity to and respect for diversity and individuality.

Meet Your Student Clubs

Club Meeting Times & Locations

Club Name
Adviser Name

American Sign Language Club
Larry Stephen

Amnesty International 
Andy Morse
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bacon Boardgamers
Mike Cross
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
1st & 3rd Friday

Clinical Laboratory Science

Stacy Ayotte 
Brenda Salines

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
Last Wednesday Monthly

Community Outreach Group
Meredith Gunning
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm 


Contemporary Affairs Club
Steve Russel
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Criminal Justice Club
Paul Cavan
12:00 pm – […]