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NECC’s History at a Glance

NECC Then: 1961 NECC Now: 2011
  • In 1961, Northern Essex Community College opened its doors at the former Greenleaf Elementary School in Bradford.
  • Its first class consisted of 181 students including 142 young men and 39 young women, most of whom were 18 and 19 years old.
  • Classes were taught by the college’s five full-time faculty plus eight part-time faculty.
  • Students had six programs to choose from: Liberal Arts Transfer, General Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Accounting, Secretarial, and Electronic Technology.
  • The college has a 106-acre campus in Haverhill, three sites in Lawrence (with the fourth—an allied health & technology center in the works), and extensions in Andover and Methuen.
  • Over 7400 credit students—average age of 28 and 67 percent female—study days, evenings, weekends, and online. An additional 6,700 take noncredit workforce development and community education courses.
  • There are 106 full-time faculty members and 427 adjunct faculty.