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You can expect more at Northern Essex. More value, more personal attention, more student activities, more flexibility … whether you are looking to start at NECC and transfer, train for a new career or enhance your current career, or just get your feet wet by taking a course or two, Northern Essex has the resources to help you succeed.



When Taylor Langlois began scouting for colleges, she knew that affordability was key. The 2013 Timberlane High School graduate, intent on finding a place that offered both a wide range of opportunities and a manageable tuition cost, was drawn to NECC. “I looked and thought ‘I can do Northern Essex’… In addition to being affordable, it was close to home,” she says. Taylor enrolled in the college’s Computer & Information Sciences Program. She plans on transferring to UMass Lowell in the spring of 2016 to complete her bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Carlos Vasquez says he received academic support from many areas of Northern Essex not the least of which was the tutoring center. The 30-year-old Lawrence resident has been a steady visitor to the tutoring center since he began taking classes three years ago and credits it with helping him succeed. “The tutoring center was very important to me especially as a non-traditional learner,” he says. “The tutors were a tremendous help. I received tremendous support.” He is targeted to graduate with a business transfer degree in December.

When Justin Merced of Lawrence enrolled at Northern Essex, he was looking for a full college experience.  An Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, Justin is a leader in the college’s Veterans’ Club. He also served as vice president of the student senate; was the student representative on the All College Assembly, and ran weekly with the President’s Running Club.  Justin has excelled academically, too, earning a near-perfect 3.95 GPA in his major. After serving as a medic in the military, his future plans include medical school.


Lina Garcia Kosko credits her sister’s deafness for leading her to Northern Essex’s Deaf Studies Program and Northern Essex for helping her find balance in her life. The Watertown resident and mother of two frequently translated English to Spanish and vice versa as part of her job as a medical assistant. She soon enrolled in NECC’s Deaf Studies program to learn a third language, American Sign, and found the balance she needed to succeed in her pursuits. Lina will transfer to Framingham State’s interpreting program this fall.

Nairoby Sanchez knew when she enrolled at Northern Essex that she had chosen the right path toward earning a four-year degree. Looking for a fresh and stable start after high school, Nairoby came to campus to pursue an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Political Science Option and left with a wealth of newfound knowledge and the experience to support it. During her time at NECC, she became actively involved with the student senate, Amnesty International, and the Student Leadership Program. She graduated in May of 2014 and transferred to UMass Boston.


Zachary Rice never pictured himself as a college student since he was admittedly a “less than serious” high school student. After high school he spent 12 years working for a company that made and installed high-end solid surface countertops. After a spinal cord injury, he knew he couldn’t continue with the physical challenges of his job. He enrolled in Northern Essex’s lab science program, which prepares students for careers as laboratory technicians in the fast growing life sciences field. He says, “The lab science program changed my life, leading me to a new career, one that I love.”


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