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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.


Diane Zold-Gross

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 Camps

Through scholarship funds, NECC is able to make College for Kids available to up to 20 disadvantaged middle-school-aged children from the City of Lawrence who would otherwise be unable to attend due to economic limitations. The recipients of these summer camp scholarships will be children identified by their teachers as students who would benefit from this summer experience. The program runs through the NECC Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education under the direction of Mike Cross, College for Kids director. Campers will be assisted in their course selections so they can experience success in the program and develop enthusiasm for learning.


Lawrence Public Schools, Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Amelia Peabody Foundation

Funding Source:

Greater Lawrence Summer Fund/Amelia Peabody Foundation


Deirdre Budzyna

Life Long Learning

Senior community programs and NECC’s Life Long Learning collaborate on programming, trips, sharing locations, and resources. The tremendous growth and outreach of NECC’s Life Long Learning program is a direct outcome of these collaborations.


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

Funding Source:

Partial funding provided by the Griffin-White Foundation


Charlene Boucher

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.


Local Nonprofits


Ernie Greenslade

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.




Paula Richards

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


Martha Leavitt

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


Irene Chalek


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