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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. […]

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.

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.

Profile of an NECC Artist

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.

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.

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 […]

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.