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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. […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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