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We’re Returning to Campus

For Fall 2021 a select number of classes will be available to take on campus, face to face with other students and instructors. This marks the most significant return to normality since the COVID-19 pandemic drove us from campus in March 2020. In the fall students have a choice of fully online classes, online classes with synchronous remote meetings, hybrid classes (some face to face time on campus, and some work on Blackboard), or regular face to face classes.

As we prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, make an appointment with your advisor to create an academic plan for the next few terms so that you can map out your progress at NECC. Make sure to tell your advisor whether you prefer online classes, face-to-face classes or something in between. With a vaccine mandate in place for Spring 2022, we’re hoping to facilitate more in-class instruction.

The Center for Liberal Arts is open to students from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

COVID Information and Precautions

Now is the time to register for face to face classes while limited spots are available. In this video the NECC COVID-19 Contact Tracing Manager, Rosanna Lara, answers many questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, and the return to campus. Make sure to check it out.

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We’re In the News!

On Monday, February 8 HC Media featured a profile of the excellent Journalism/Communications program of NECC. In it you will meet Dean Amy Callahan, Prof. Kimberly Lyng, Coordinator of the JRN/COM program, NECC Observer editor Isae Grullon and Regis College Dean Bill Koehler. Dean Koehler speaks about the smooth transfer from the program to a bachelors program at Regis College which can be completed from the NECC campus in Lawrence! If you are interested in this communications field, or wish to get a sense of the caring community of NECC, then check this out.

Center for Liberal Arts Staff

Dermot Luddy, Staff Assistant,

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Shakira Moreta, M.Ed., Professional Academic Advisor,

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Shakira is available on the Haverhill campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. She is on the Lawrence Campus on Wednesday.
Center phone: 978-556-3140
Center Location: C209 Spurk Building, Haverhill Campus

The Center for Liberal Arts at Northern Essex Community College is your social and academic home while you study here as a Liberal Arts student. It is where you will meet other students and faculty, debate issues with them, form study groups with them, and provide support to each other. You will develop your cultural appreciation so that you become an educated and well-rounded citizen regardless of the discipline you pursue in life. The Center is where you will decide on your academic pathway, be registered for courses, and find advice and support when in difficulty. It is where faculty and fellow students will help you understand the world in times of confusion, and where you can celebrate with others through music, drama, and art when times are good.

Liberal Arts students as well as students who are taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Lawrence can make an appointment with an advisor or drop in at the Dimitry Academic Center in the Dimitry Building, room L200. It is open Monday and Wednesday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm. Closed Friday.

The Division of Liberal Arts is the home to the following academic programs:

  • Liberal Arts,
  • Liberal Arts: Psychology Option,
  • Liberal Arts: Philosophy Option,
  • Liberal Arts: Journalism/Communications,
  • Liberal Arts: Writing Option,
  • General Studies: Art & Design,
  • General Studies: Music,
  • English as a Second Language,
  • Academic Preparation

In addition to each of these programs, the faculty of the Liberal Arts division teach general education classes to all students that provide the basis of the core curriculum of all Associates degrees, and transfer to four-year colleges. The Liberal Arts cultivate academic skills and habits of mind that prepare you to be engaged, knowledgeable, and adaptable citizens in the contemporary world.

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Advising and Registration Information

Faculty Advisor

If you have a faculty advisor, they should contact you to register for the upcoming semester by the time registration begins. They will help you to create an academic plan in Navigate so that you can anticipate how long it will take you to achieve your Associates degree. Feel free to contact your advisor by email during the semester.

Register Yourself

If you are a returning student and you know your program requirements, then you may be able to register yourself. Find out how here:

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Contact the Center Advisor

The professional advisor assigned to the Center for Liberal Arts is Shakira Moreta. You can contact her at anytime. She will likely send you a message midway through the semester so that you can make your academic plan and arrange your registration, be advised about transferring, or prepare for graduation. Make sure to check your NECC email. Shakira is in the Academic Center in Lawrence on Wednesday and in C209 in Haverhill on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Division of Liberal Arts

Amy Callahan, Dean

Tammy Foster, Administrative Assistant

Kristi Arford, Chair Behavioral Sciences Dept.

Brianne Beatrice, Coordinator of Liberal Arts: Theater Option

Alisa Bucchiere, Interim Chair, Music Dept.

Amy Cameron, Chair & Coordinator Academic ESL

Michelle Carter, Chair, Art & Design Dept., Coordinator General Studies: Art & Design

Eldiane Elmeus, Coordinator of First Year Seminar

Meredith Gunning, Ph.D., Dept. Chair, Global Studies, Coordinator of Liberal Arts: Philosophy Option

Kim Lyng, Ed.D., Coordinator of Liberal Arts Program

Patricia Portanova, Ph.D.,  Coordinator of Liberal Arts: Writing Option

Patricia Schade & Clare Thompson-Ostrander, Co-chairs, Department of Academic Preparation &

Mary Jo Shafer, Coordinator Liberal Arts: Journalism/Communications

Krista Titone, Ph.D., Coordinator of Liberal Arts: Psychology Option

Ellen Yarborough, Ph.D., Chair, English Dept.



Make an Appointment with Us

You can easily make an appointment with staff of the Center for Liberal Arts to be advised and registered for class, or to discuss your studies. This short (really short) video will show you how. Click the Navigate link here if you already know how.

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