Grant Resource Center at NECC’s Lawrence Campus Library
Six years ago, NECC partnered with Jericho Road, Lawrence and Associated Grant Makers (AGM) to establish a Grant Resource Center at NECC’s Lawrence Campus library. This is a place where area non-profits are able to receive professional training on effective grant writing techniques as well as personalized assistance researching grant opportunities. This resource is open to the public.
Build a Bridge
NECC and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to promote educational opportunities and transition support for ex-offenders and persons under supervision of the sheriff’s department. The partners subscribe to the premise that ex-offenders’ acquisition of skills and credentials through education is key to effecting their nonrecidivism and their social and economic reintegration into their communities. Collaborative efforts include pre-enrollment college exploration, financial aid counseling, and post-enrollment special support services provided by NECC and the Sheriff’s Department. Ex-offenders may qualify for special stipends awarded by the Essex County Community Foundation to support their transition into the college.
Essex County Sheriff’s Department
College for Kids Summer Program
College for Kids is for students ages 9 – 14 (juniors 9 – 11 and seniors 12 – 14), and features three daily sessions of “courses” including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while also including the Arts. Students can enroll in single course(s) for the morning (9-11 AM), mid-day (11:45-1:45 PM), and late afternoon (2-4:00 PM) sessions or they can register for a full-week(s). The program is coordinated through NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education and, thanks to the support of several grantors, is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to disadvantaged students within the Merrimack Valley area who meet the eligibility requirements.
Merrimack Valley area public school systems and community-based organizations
Amelia Peabody Foundation, Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Edward S. and Winifred G. Moseley Foundation
Life Long Learning
Life Long Learning provides opportunities to experience cultural, intellectual and educational growth in a relaxed, friendly environment. It’s a place to meet new people, hear stimulating lectures, or take in-depth courses of study. All Life Long Learning study and discussion groups as well as the College of Older Learners (CoOL) programs are geared to our senior community members of 50+ who realize that learning is important at any age.
Bethany Community, Haverhill; Haverhill Council on Aging, Haverhill; Groveland Council on Aging, Groveland; Maplewood Harborside Health Care Center, Amesbury; Salisbury Senior Center, Salisbury; Atrium Merrimack Place, Newburyport; North Andover Senior Center, North Andover; Salem Senior Center, Salem, NH; Trestle Way Center, Georgetown; Methuen Senior Center, Methuen, Griffin-White Foundation
Partial funding provided by the Griffin-White Foundation
NECC Speakers Bureau
In January of 2009, Northern Essex launched a Speakers Bureau featuring NECC faculty and staff who are available to speak free of charge to nonprofits in the area. Speakers present on a variety of topics, from postage stamp design to equality in the classroom to presidential politics. The NECC Speakers’ Bureau is designed to showcase the college’s highly qualified faculty and staff who are leaders in their fields and eager to share their expertise with the community. Each speaker is given a small stipend paid by NECC’s office of academic affairs.
NECC Service Learning
Service learning integrates community service with academic instruction As part of their coursework, students participate in a community service project which is directly related to what they are studying. Examples of projects include students from many disciplines working on the Peace Poetry Contest, where over 600 poems and 80 pieces of artwork from around the region were submitted to the student-run and judged program. During the ‘09/‘10 academic year, many classes will have independent or cross-discipline projects focusing on homelessness. Research shows that students who participate in service learning have an enhanced academic experience and develop life skills and a sense of civic responsibility.
The White Fund Enlightenment Series
NECC and the White Fund have partnered to provide a free lecture series at Northern Essex throughout the year. The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.
Partner & Funding Scource:
The White Fund
Workplace Education Grant
This grant supports the delivery of workplace education ESOL classes to home-based family day care providers in Lawrence.
Partner & Funding Source:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Youth Build Lawrence
NECC Community Service
Community service contributes to a greater sense of civic responsibility in students, and enhances communication, teamwork and creative thinking. Students have an opportunity to connect with the local community, satisfying a need in various agencies whose populations are often considered in need and at-risk. In most cases, it does not carry primary academic credit, though significant student learning usually occurs. Students have volunteered for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, and at locations such as Emmaus House and Haverhill Historical Society’s Buttonwoods Museum. A listing of volunteer opportunities is available for students on the NECC website.
For more information on the Haverhill campus, contact:
Professor Isabelle Gagne
Phone: (978) 556-3364
For more information on the Lawrence campus, contact:
In transition, contact to be named
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant
Northern Essex Community College, through funding from a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, provides skills training to the unemployed and under-employed who want to prepare for careers in high demand technology and health care fields. This program offers technology certificate sessions that start every eight weeks, and health care certificates with flexible scheduling options that can be completed in as little as eight months.
A dedicated College and Career Navigator provides assistance with the entire college process and helps facilitate access to services including financial aid, tutoring, and advising. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in an internship to gain valuable work-related skills.
Workforce Investment Board at the Merrimack Valley Career Center
Renee Deyermond, College and Career Navigator
Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) is 100% funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT. Grant Agreement #TC-22505-11-60-A-25