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Expect more at Northern Essex
Posted By sbaletsa On June 16, 2009 @ 10:32 am In | Comments Disabled
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.
Northern Essex’s affordability and English as a Second Language (ESL) program were the keys to unlocking Karla Cruz’s educational future. “Attending a college I could afford was so important to me,” says the Dominican Republic native who supports herself with three – sometimes four – jobs. “I don’t know what I would have done without Northern Essex and everyone here.” Karla graduated in May of 2013 with an Associate of Science Degree in Business Transfer. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and plans to pursue a law degree.
If NECC alumna Jesse Gutierrez could impart one bit of advice on incoming students she would tell them to get comfortable in the NECC Tutoring Center. “Start doing your homework in the tutoring center,” she says. “If you have a question the tutors are right there to help.” Jesse used the tutoring centers on the Haverhill and Lawrence Campuses regularly for her math and chemistry assignments. Jesse graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts in May 2012, and is now a student at College of the Atlantic (COA).
Kadee Tapley fully immersed herself in college life at NECC: she danced with and choreographed for the Stillpoint Dancers; worked as a work-study student; completed the student leadership program; acted as an orientation leader; and served as president of the NECC dance club. “I can’t say enough about the college,” she says. “It has given me a lot of opportunities. I have done so much here.” Kadee earned an Associate Degree in General Studies: Dance in December of 2012 and will complete her Associate Degree in Business Transfer in December of 2013.
Lawrence native and Northern Essex graduate Emmanuel “Manny” Bernabe could teach a course on how to balance work and college life. For the past six years, the 26-year-old has worked as a full-time security guard at NECC’s Lawrence Campus. He is also on call for a part-time security position and manages to take two, three, and sometimes four college courses. “It wasn’t easy, but I learned not to procrastinate and to budget my time.” Manny currently attends UMass Lowell where he is studying computer engineering and computer science.
Transferability was important to David Bowie when he was choosing a college. He wanted to maximize his time and earn credits that would transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. “I liked the transfer agreements NECC had in place,” he says. “(The curriculum) gave me everything I needed to transfer. David graduated in May 2013 with an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Science with a focus on Environmental Engineering. He transferred 60 NECC credits to UMass Lowell and is continuing his studies in environmental science.
When Letoya “Apollo” Mburu wanted to start his career he turned to NECC. When he wanted to advance his career he returned to NECC and its iHealth program. Apollo enrolled in NECC’s Certificate in Practical Nursing program and graduated in 2010. “I always felt like I wanted to be more of an advocate for my patients,” he says. “I knew I needed to go back to school.” Apollo continued his education in the NECC iHealth Nursing Advanced Placement: LPN to RN – Evening Program. He graduated in May of 2013 and hopes to transition into a medical/surgical position.
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