NECC’s History at a Glance
|NECC Then: 1961
||NECC Now: 2011
- In 1961, Northern Essex Community College opened its doors at the former Greenleaf Elementary School in Bradford.
- Its first class consisted of 181 students including 142 young men and 39 young women, most of whom were 18 and 19 years old.
- Classes were taught by the college’s five full-time faculty plus eight part-time faculty.
- Students had six programs to choose from: Liberal Arts Transfer, General Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Accounting, Secretarial, and Electronic Technology.
- The college has a 106-acre campus in Haverhill, three sites in Lawrence (with the fourth—an allied health & technology center in the works), and extensions in Andover and Methuen.
- Over 7400 credit students—average age of 28 and 67 percent female—study days, evenings, weekends, and online. An additional 6,700 take noncredit workforce development and community education courses.
- There are 106 full-time faculty members and 427 adjunct faculty.