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Four 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.
The initial year was funded by The Stevens Foundation. The Grant Resource Center is grateful to have received funding for three years from United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
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
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 Deirdre Budzyna, 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
Greater Lawrence Summer Fund/Amelia Peabody Foundation
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
Partial funding provided by the Griffin-White Foundation
In 2000, the City of Methuen, wishing to increase adult education programs for the residents of their community, invited NECC to partner with them to deliver a series of its noncredit programs at the various Methuen schools. This great community program has developed into a vital resource for the town of Methuen and all classes are currently held at the Timony Grammar School. The program offers access to computer, bartending and personal enrichment classes to the general public, and Methuen residents and city employees are offered a 20% tuition reduction. As increased student enrollments indicate, this program has become very popular.
City of Methuen
Since the summer of 2007, a team of NECC students has participated in a venture called “NECC SOS” (Student Outreach Squad) assisting in off- and on-campus activities as official envoys for the college. The group accompanies NECC’s director of community relations to a variety of community activities in Lawrence and pitches in where needed. Whether they are cleaning streets, serving meals, registering for health clinics, or collecting surveys, they are contributing to the goals of local organizations. They have worked with such organizations as the Mayor’s Health Task Force, Jericho Road Lawrence, Groundworks Lawrence, GRUPO TESORO, Lawrence Community Works, and Community Service among others.
Silvia Serrano, Director, Community Relations
Jose DeJesus-Gil, Staff Assistant
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.
Since January 2007, NECC has been collaborating with Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland to offer a program of adult education personal enrichment classes, the “Veasey Park Enrichment Series,” using the building and grounds as the location for the classes. By allowing the site’s history, architecture, and natural features to determine and shape the curriculum direction, courses are offered that are well suited to this non-traditional classroom setting. The primary focus of the non-credit curriculum at Veasey is fiber arts and outdoor experiential classes.
Veasey Memorial Park, Town of Groveland, MA
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.
The White Fund
This grant supports the delivery of workplace education ESOL classes to home-based family day care providers in Lawrence.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Youth Build Lawrence
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.
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
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