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Adult Basic Education (ABE) Community Adult Learning Centers: Lawrence

This two grant has enabled the college to expand its ABE instruction and support services in the Merrimack Valley.

Partners:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Contact:

Irene Chalek
ichalek@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1271


Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) is a State-funded program that provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discounted price*and earn credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees.

CDEP eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience. The ultimate goal of CDEP is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college ready.

Massachusetts high school students can enroll in Northern Essex courses taught by college faculty and receive both high school and college credits for successful completion. There are many benefits to dual enrollment for both the high school students, who get a head start on their college education, and the high schools, which can expand their curriculum, offering their students a richer selection of courses.

Contact:

Adam Cutler, Assistant Director Secondary—Postsecondary Linkages
978-738-7546
acutler@necc.mass.edu


Dual- and Concurrent-Enrollment and Early College Partnerships

NECC’s PK-12 Partnerships department works with work with secondary schools in the region to create early college, dual- and concurrent enrollment programs and a variety of activities aimed at raising the percentage of high school graduates going to college—and the readiness of these students for college-level work. Our mutual goal is to bridge the P-12 and higher education divide and advance the State’s Vision Project. Our programming includes:

Our early college and concurrent enrollment programs provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. Our programs adhere to NEASC’s policy on dual enrollment (PDF) and align with NACEP standards (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships).

Contact:

Lori A. Weir, Director of PK-12 Partnerships
President, NEACEP Board of Directors
978-738-7550
lweir@necc.mass.edu


Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) Grant

NECC is one of five regional centers funded by Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) offer professional studies and extension courses, training programs, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to address the educational, transition, and professional development needs of deaf and hard of hearing people, their family members, and the educators and other professionals who work with them. Since 1980, the Gallaudet University Regional Center has partnered with NECC to provide services and programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people throughout the Northeast region.  The Center serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Partner & Funding Source:

Gallaudet University

Contact:

Kathy Vesey
kvesey@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY/V, 978-241-7057 VP


Family Sign Language Program

The Massachusetts Family Sign Language Program provides Sign Language instruction free of charge for eligible families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing 0-3 years of age.  This program introduces family members to Sign Language, enabling them to communicate with their child at the earliest age possible.  Extended family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate.  A total of 20 weeks of instruction is provided.  The first 10 weeks are provided in the family’s home; the second ten weeks may be in the home, online, or in a group setting with other families.  The Family Sign Language Program is offered throughout the Commonwealth of MA by the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Northern Essex Community College.

Partners:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Contact:

Kathy Vesey
kvesey@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY/V, 978-241-7057 VP


Haverhill Community Television

Since 2004, Northern Essex’s Television Production course, a requirement for students majoring in liberal arts: journalism/communication option, has been taught at Haverhill Community Television’s (HCTV) studios. In the spring of 2009, the college’s New Media II course was taught for the first time at the studios. This partnership between the college and HCTV benefits Northern Essex, whose students receive training on state-of-the-art equipment, and the station, which encourages the students to volunteer. Also, station employees teach courses for the college.

Contact:

Amy Callahan
acallahan@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3397


Transition to College

The NECC Transition to College Program is an essential component of a network of Adult Basic Education services. The mission of the Transition Program is to improve the lives of adult learners by providing educational opportunities to prepare for, enter, and succeed in post-secondary education.

Partner & Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Contact:

Lynn Ricketts
mrickets@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1272


Secondary Postsecondary Career/Vocational Technical Education Linkages
(formerly Tech Prep)

As part of a grant funded by Title II of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, Northern Essex works with area career and technical education (CTE) schools to create activities and services that support students’ seamless and successful completion of their career and technical education program of study resulting in a postsecondary education credential. NECC works with students enrolled in Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education (CVTE) programs at eligible high schools, including but not limited to the schools in NECC’s direct service area. In partnership with the schools the college engages in cooperative ventures that benefit Secondary–Post-secondary CVTE Linkages students such as:

  • Educator workshops and seminars
  • Student college and career events
  • Academic and career counseling services for students transitioning between high school and college or training
  • Early placement testing

Partners:

Greater Lawrence Technical School, Methuen High School, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School

Funding Source:

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Improvement Act of 2006 under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Contact:

Adam Cutler, Assistant Director Secondary—Postsecondary Linkages
978-738-7546
acutler@necc.mass.edu


Shared Reading Saturdays

Shared Reading Saturdays is a monthly literacy program offered through the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Northern Essex Community College, serving families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Greater Lawrence, Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire areas. This program is designed to be accessible for families and children for whom Spanish is a first language.  Family members are taught how to read aloud with their children using American Sign Language and are encouraged to read with their children several times a week, enhancing overall academic skills.  The program is presented in spoken English, spoken Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Partners:

Family Service, Inc. and Mentoring Out Loud, Lawrence, MA
Haverhill Starbucks, staff of Lawrence Public Schools

Funding Source:

Private Foundations

Contact:

Kathy Vesey
kvesey@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY/V, 978-241-7057 VP


Suffolk University MBA at NECC Riverwalk

The Suffolk University MBA has relocated the North Campus program to Riverwalk Properties in Lawrence, MA. Suffolk’s North Campus holds its evening and weekend MBA courses at Northern Essex Community College’s Corporate and Community Education Center, Riverwalk, Building 9, Entry K, Floor 3. The Suffolk MBA offers year-round, full-time or part-time programs, in the evenings or on some Saturdays. Accelerated options are available for Attorneys, CPAs and previous business majors pursuing the internationally accredited Suffolk MBA. Classes are typically held from 6 to 8:45pm one night a week. MBA information sessions are also held monthly at NECC Riverwalk and are open to the public.

Partners:

Suffolk University

Contact:

Gerard Casal, Associate Director
MBA – North Campus
mbanorth@suffolk.edu / 978-738-8840
www.suffolk.edu/mbanorthcampus