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New Student Orientation

Congratulations on taking the first step to further your education! As the newest member of the Northern Essex community we are looking forward to meeting you at Orientation.  Our goal is to help students get acquainted with NECC, college life and ensure that each student leaves with everything they will need to be a successful student. All new students registered for six credits or more are required to attend this 4-hour Introduction to Northern Essex Community College.

You will be contacted regarding the date of your orientation session by the New Student Orientation Team.  Topics will include: classroom expectations, financial planning for college, and college success resources on campus.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to get your student ID card and speak with current students.  New Student Orientation will be offered in July and August in Haverhill and Lawrence.  For more information, please contact the New Student Orientation Department at 978/556-3805.

Thank you for choosing Northern Essex Community College.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Orientation Leaders

Kevin Carvalho : Orientation Leader

Kevin Carvalho

Orientation Leader

I am a Criminal Justice-transfer student with plans to emerge as a law enforcement official. I will be transferring to Fitchburg State University, via the MassTransfer contract, where I’ll enroll in a “4+1” Criminal Justice program to receive my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. During my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, family time, comedy stand-ups, volunteering, and browsing the net.

A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to many different schools: three elementary, two middle, and four high schools; therefore, I am more than prepared to transfer and settle at the next college! As an Orientation Leader, I am excited to promote the various Student Life activities and resources the school has to offer. I hope to make the transition into college a fun experience for any high school graduate, parent, commuter, and older students. Remember, college is what you make of it!

Alba Diaz : Orientation leader

Alba Diaz

Orientation leader

I am 19 years old and this is my first year at NECC. I am majoring in Business Management. My career goals is graduate from NECC with my Associate Degree, then transfer to a four year college to get my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business.

My hobbies include cooking, baking, and nail art. A fun fact about me is that I’m the only girl in my household excluding my mom and the first girl to be born in my father’s side of the family. I am excited to be an Orientation Leader, because back when I was in high school I lead tours and spoke to the new students coming into the school and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with them to make them feel at ease.

Chad Gorham : Orientation Leader

Chad Gorham

Orientation Leader

As a non-traditional student, I have graduated with a Communications and Journalism Degree and am returning this fall to obtain a Writing Degree before I move on to a four year school. My ultimate goal is to work in television or radio.

While here at NECC, I have been a Presidential Student Ambassador, Student Senate Trustee, Student Senate Vice President, New Editor of The Observer, and an Orientation Leader!

One of my favorite experiences was my internship working for Kiss 108’s, “Matty in The Morning Show”, assisting Billy Costa with his news and entertainment stories.

I am excited to be an orientation leader because, I love teaching new students about the school that I am passionate about and I hope to pass of my passion for NECC to them.

Matt Gringas : Orientation Leader

Matt Gringas

Orientation Leader

I’m a former NECC student, now at the University of Massachusetts. I graduated with a Liberal Arts: Journalism Degree and am pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Journalism now at UMass. At NECC, I was extremely active on campus and was the Editor in Chief of the NECC Observer.

Currently, I am working in the Athletic Media Relations field at UMass and hope to continue that after I graduate, working with baseball, field hockey and basketball teams. Being a Journalism major, I really enjoy writing. I also like to just hang out and play video games or watch some TV.

I’m excited to be an orientation leader at Northern Essex because the school gave me so much and it’s just part of giving back to the college. I had a lot of fun in my time at NECC, and I want other people to know and take advantage of all the school has to offer.

Elfie Grusing : Orientation Leader

Elfie Grusing

Orientation Leader

Currently I am attending NECC as a Liberal Arts Biology major. I plan to continue my education to receive a Bachelor degree in Biology to assist in my journey through medical school to become a doctor. I enjoy spending my time outdoors taking walks, hiking, fishing and swimming or relaxing inside with a good book. I am excited to be an Orientation Leader to encourage students to be successful and enjoy their time at NECC.

Chris Lombardo : Orientation Leader

Chris Lombardo

Orientation Leader

Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the shell station! Besides being a bit of a jokester, I also enjoy reading, sports (both playing and watching), watching TV (especially Survivor and Impractical Jokers), and attending community college. Currently I am a Business Transfer major with ambitions to either attend a four-year institution or go to a photography school.

Some fun facts about me is that I am a Youth State Champion candlepin bowler and I decorated my whole room with 8 x 10 pictures that I have taken.

Being an Orientation Leader is an honor and I am excited to help incoming students begin at NECC and hope to stay connected to the students throughout their college careers!

Nate Miller : Orientation leader

Nate Miller

Orientation leader

My name is Nate Miller and I’m really excited to be joining The Student Orientation Leader program this summer. I am a Theater Major who is considering doing a double major in Education. My life career goals is to become a theater teacher so I can inspire students just like a lot of my teachers have inspired me.

My hobbies include theater, movies, comic books, superheroes, hanging out with my friends and family and attending Broadway plays. I graduated from Sanborn Regional High School, I always get mistaken for a lot younger then I am (not fun).

My career goals for this summer job are to help students in need and let them feel comfortable at Northern Essex.