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Northern Essex Community College Timeline

NECC Timeline
A photo of the Greenleaf School sign, hanging over a doorway.

September, 1961
As the fourth community college established in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Northern Essex opens its doors and welcomes 181 students to its first campus, located at the renovated Greenleaf Elementary School in Bradford.

A black and white photo from 1964 of some students studying.

September, 1964
The newly created Division of Continuing Education offers credit courses in the evening.

February, 1965
The city of Haverhill deeds the Elliott Street property to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for use as a permanent campus of Northern Essex Community College.

Parnassus magazine, 1965

The first issue of Parnassus, the college’s literary magazine, is published.

Groundbreaking of the Haverhill campus occurs.

Black and white photo of a nurse straightening a bed.

September, 1968
The Registered Nursing Program welcomes its first class.

The college receives its initial accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

A photo of an aerial view of the NECC Campus in 1971.

September, 1971
More than 2,000 students begin classes on the new, 106-acre Haverhill campus overlooking Kenoza Lake; the college offers its first courses in Lawrence.

A black and white photo of Dr. John R. Dimitry.

July, 1975
Founding President Harold Bentley retires, and is succeeded by Dr. John R. Dimitry.

A photo of the initials CBI and the year 1979.

September, 1979
The Center for Business and Industry, forerunner to the Center for Corporate and Community Education, opens.

A photo of a view of a building from under an archway.

January, 1985
LEEP, the Lawrence Education-Employment Project, opens its doors in Lawrence. LEEP represents the college’s longstanding efforts to establish a comprehensive and consolidated higher educational presence in the city of Lawrence.

A photo of a speaker at a podium and three men sitting nearby, clapping.

May, 1991
The Prudential Insurance Company of America donates to the Commonwealth, its building at 45 Franklin Street for use as NECC’s Lawrence Campus; the health, criminal justice, and paralegal studies programs are soon moved to the city. This building is later named in honor of the college’s second president, Dr. John R. Dimitry.

A photo of NECC President David Hartleb.

January, 1996
President John R. Dimitry retires, and is succeeded by David Hartleb.

A photo of the Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center.

August, 1999
Soaring Lawrence enrollments prompt the addition of 78 Amesbury Street to the Lawrence Campus.

A photo of a male and female student sitting at their desks with computers in front of them.

January, 1999
The first credit course is offered on-line, followed by the first fully-online credit program (criminal justice) in 2007.

A photo of the front desk, with students around it, of the Ourania Behrakis One-stop Student Center on the NECC Haverhill campus.

Summer, 2005
The new Ourania Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center opens at the site of the former Student Center, providing all student services in one convenient location. This major renovation was made possible by a $1 million donation from the Behrakis Family.

A photo of the Technology Center building, on the Haverhill campus.

Fall, 2005
The college opens the new Technology Center on the Haverhill Campus, a model private/public partnership funded by $2 million in private donations and $7.5 million from the Commonwealth. This building is later named in honor of the college’s third president, David Hartleb.

April, 2009
The program design study for the college’s proposed Allied Health and Technology Center in Lawrence is complete, bringing the college one step closer to realizing the goal of building a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Lawrence.

A photo of the Northern Essex Community College sign, on the side of a building.

September, 2010
The college opens NECC Riverwalk, a newly-renovated facility offering credit programs in business and technology, noncredit career and personal enrichment courses and programs, and adult literacy programs.

A headshot photo of Dr Lane Glenn, smiling with flowers trees behind him.

July, 2011
President David Hartleb retires and is succeeded by Dr. Lane Glenn.