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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.


Matt Valli, General Studies, Movement Science, says, Affordability was huge for me … Northern Essex made a brighter future possible.” Read more below.
When Matt Valli decided to return to college, he found the price tag on a Northern Essex education fit his budget. The Amesbury resident says a college education seemed unattainable until he enrolled at NECC. He applied to NECC’s General Studies: Movement Science Program with designs on becoming a physical education teacher/coach, and completed an internship with the NECC Sport & Fitness Center and assisted the alumni office with NECC’s Second Annual Campus Classic 5k and Fun Run. Matt graduated in May with high honors and is transferring to Salem State University.

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.

Lindsey Santiago, Medical Billing and Medical Coding, says, “The medical billing and medical coding programs really prepared me for a career. The internship is what really made the difference.” Read more below.
Lindsey Santiago was looking for a college program that would quickly prepare her for the workforce. She found it in Northern Essex’s Medical Billing Certificate program through iHealth@NECC. Today, the 22-year-old works for Home Health VNA in Lawrence; a job she secured following her internship there. Lindsey was so pleased with the medical billing program, she enrolled in iHealth@NECC’s Medical Coding Certificate program which she feels will allow her to expand her career options. “The Medical Billing and Medical Coding programs really prepared me for a career. The internship is what really made the difference.


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