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Commitment to Civic Engagement

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 […]

Strengthening College & Community Connections

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

The Metrics of Civic Engagement

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 […]

Supporting Faculty and Staff

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 […]

Past NECC Service-Learning Project Examples

Intro to the Creative Experience with Marc Mannheimer: NECC students engaged youth at the Boys and Girls Club in Haverhill in exploring the world through nonverbal experiences, personal to each one and with an emphasis on spontaneity, imagination, invention and flexibility.

Introduction to Digital Photography with Lance Hidy: Peace Poetry poster design in collaboration with Paul Saint-Amand. Students created a photographic image for the poster and booklet cover for the annual Peace Poetry event.

Physiological Chemistry with Michael Cross: Chemical Conversions at LHS. NECC students visited Lawrence High School and shared a presentation with freshman classes about medical dosages. They explained whether or not you can overdose on Coca Cola and taught the students how to convert dosage units.

Congratulations to Our Soldiers

Jean Carlos Gomez
Our students at the Student Success Center continue to develop into professional young men and women with life goals and values. At the Center, they are constantly encouraged to find employment (paid or volunteer) that is related to their studies and the work they hope to do once they complete the necessary education. […]

Welcome to NECC!

For many of us, college is a foreign experience. The terminology (FAFSA, Bursar’s, Registrar, Withdrawal, etc.) might as well be a different language. A language distant from us because We are the first in our families to attend college. While difficult to navigate, do not become lost in a place that is designed to meet […]

Farewells and Welcomes

We bid farewell to Joshua Abreu and Karletty Medina and thank them for the wonderful work they did at the center supporting students, facilitating workshops and leading several successful career and mentoring initiatives. Both of them are pursuing new, exciting professional opportunities. Joshua has returned to school in Connecticut to start a PhD program. Karletty […]

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Murals: Community Empowerment Through Self –Expression

Community murals are described as catalysts for empowering people by helping to redefine common values and reevaluate the community’s history which too often is ignored. Historically, social activists have recognized the transformative power of art and have acknowledged the profound connections between the arts, education and social change. It raises consciousness, nurtures multiculturalism, and fosters harmony.