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In the photo students sit at tables working individually or in small groups. The tables, with three or four chairs, are large enough to spread out your work and small enough to allow multiple areas for students to work. Sitting at the desk in the corner a staff member answers a student's questions.

The Center which is located on the Lawrence – Franklin St. campus, is designed to work with students one-on-one and connect them with college and community resources that will help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

Spring 2015

A group of about 20 people singing, clapping, and wearing straw hats. Celebrating the Holidays with a Puerto Rican tradition: Una Parranda


Celebrating Tradition & Encouraging Success

A group of about 20 people singing, clapping, and wearing straw hats.

The three local mill cities: Haverhill, Lowell, and Lawrence have been shaped and influenced by the numerous immigrants who arrived to our busy streets and called it home. One can see and experience the various cultures through local restaurants, festivals, and cultural events. March is dedicated to our Irish men and women whose ancestors built the mills, canals, and roads that gave our mill cities life. Lowell, home to the highest population of Cambodians in the country, celebrates its robust Asian community with the annual Southeast Asian Water Festival, and the local Italian community celebrates their heritage at Lawrence’s Feast of the Three Saints, which will enjoy its 92nd year in 2015.

More recently, Latino communities are also joining in the celebration of heritage and tradition. Like other cultures, the sense of belonging is crucial in the assimilation process and staying connected to their rituals, music, and food helps with feeling connected to their new home. Locally, Hispanic Week in mid-June serves as the days we celebrate Latinos at the Lawrence Campagnone Common Park, which has been the site since 1979. Nationally, Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th to October 15th and through different mediums, we observe and acknowledge the multiple contributions of our Latino brothers and sisters.

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Student Success Center Helps NECC Graduates Succeed

Jose Mane (left), Dayanna Martes (center), and Emmanuel Hernandez (right)

For many community college students it takes more than the “two-years” that many believe it should take to obtain an Associate Degree and transfer. This is especially true for first-generation students, regardless of how “good” of a student one may be, and the sooner students can talk about the graduation timeline the less mystery there will be in the complex world of higher education.

There are various reasons for taking an extra semester or two or three to graduate: the necessity to work and help the family with finances; parental responsibilities; a change of major; health issues and many others. The good news is there are role models to follow, who experience very similar difficult circumstances, but have succeeded and are moving on.

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Fall 2015 Workshops


All times are 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Note-Taking Skills: Oct 7
  • Study Skills: Oct 14
  • Myers–Briggs: Feb 26
  • Study & Test-Taking Skills: Oct 21
  • Motivation: Oct 28
  • Business Etiquette: Nov 4

Contact the Student Success Center for more information.

Congratulations to Our Soldiers

Jean Carlos Gomez, NECC Student in Soldier Uniform

Jean Carlos Gomez

Our students at the Student Success Center continue to develop into professional young men and women with life goals and values. At the Center, they are constantly encouraged to find employment (paid or volunteer) that is related to their studies and the work they hope to do once they complete the necessary education. Doing so, you connect your classroom experience with your possible career, which helps you better understand your school work as well as making you a better candidate for the job.


Two NECC students have made major life decisions to set them apart from others: Jean Carlos Gomez and Nicole Diaz. Jean Carlos joined the Army National Guard last year and completed boot camp and infantry training this past summer. Due to his college credits, he was promoted to Private 2nd Class and was one of the top soldiers of his class. Nicole is currently at boot camp and will complete her training in Logistics this spring. Jean Carlos, Nicole, and other students who have taken similar steps have positioned themselves in unique situations that will help establish better employment options. For more information, please visit us at the Student Success Center.

Nicole Diaz, NECC student in soldier uniform

Nicole Diaz