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Mission Statement

At NECC, our mission is to educate and inspire our students to succeed. We provide a welcoming environment focused on teaching and learning—strongly committed to unlocking the potential within each student and empowering our diverse community of learners to meet their individual goals. We are a community college dedicated to creating vibrant and innovative opportunities that encourage excellence and enhance the cultural and economic life of our region.

Vision Statement

It has been said that leadership means the ability to move people from where they are now to where they have never been before, but need to go — and to do so by evoking for them a shared vision for the future.

The Northern Essex Community College Vision Statement reflects this:

To create a supportive learning environment of cultural inclusion that embraces all identities and inspires initiative and excellence.


Core Values

Student Engagement

We are committed to fully engaging our students as active learners by providing a diverse range of educational experiences.


We are committed to developing productive, collaborative relationships within the college and among our various constituencies in the greater Merrimack Valley.

Personal and Professional Growth

We are committed to the personal and professional growth of faculty, staff, and students alike. We believe that lifelong learning is essential to the personal enrichment and professional growth of each individual.


We are committed to fostering mutual respect that enables faculty, staff, and students to grow and work together in a supportive environment of shared governance, open communication, and fairness.

Culture of Inclusion

Northern Essex Community College strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion; the campus community reflects the layers of cultural and self-identity that proudly make up our region, nation, and world. We respect, value, and celebrate the strengths, characteristics, and perspectives of all and promote an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of each individual, group, and organization into all aspects of our work.

Access and Opportunity

We are committed to providing affordable access to educational opportunity.


We are committed to a high standard of educational excellence in teaching and learning. Nothing less than the best will do for and from our students and ourselves.

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