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Start Your College Journey Here

The New Student Gateway is the place where you – our new students – are invited to drop in and get on your path to success at NECC. It is located in the Student Success Hub, in SC-104 and at our Riverwalk campus, at the mini-hub in LRW-314. Not on campus? We also have a Blackboard Community site! It is our virtual New Student Gateway for when you are off campus. Log in at https://neccbb.blackboard.com/.

Drop-In Hours

SC-104

Monday through Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm

LRW-314

Monday: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Services Provided

  • Learn about resources and opportunities here at NECC
  • Attend events exclusive to new students (including online events!)
  • Ask questions about college life
  • Find snacks and relax
  • Meet with your personal College Navigator

Did you know that you have a personal College Navigator to guide you through your first semester of college? That right! All first semester students at NECC are assigned a Navigator.

Your Navigator can help you:

  • Complete college paperwork on time and correctly so you can get on your way
  • Become familiar with the campuses, and how to get around on any of them
  • Get connected with faculty and other students in your academic program
  • Learn about student life at NECC, including athletics, clubs, and special events
  • Access student support services like tutoring and technology help
  • Get answers to pretty much anything else you have questions about!

Meet the College Navigators

Tatiana Polanco

Tatiana PolancoTatiana is proud to be raised in Lawrence and to be a first generation high school and college student. She knows the goals, values and challenges of the Merrimack Valley region. She has worked in direct care positions for several years with people in different stages of life, giving her a deep understanding of how to help vulnerable individuals to access services, transition into new situations and improve their quality of life. She is excited about her new role as College Navigator and to be working with the students at NECC. Tatiana is the College Navigator for all new students who are enrolled in programs within the Liberal Arts Academic Center, and Science majors in the STEM Academic Center.


Tiffany Esmerio

Tiffany EsmerioBorn and raised in California, Tiffany Esmerio has traveled coast to coast to join us here at NECC. For three years, she was a Pathways Academic Advisor at a community college in Texas and helped diverse students discover their passions, and achieve their academic goals. She is a first-generation student with personal experience navigating the ups and downs of higher education. Tiffany is the spouse of a Navy Veteran/Active Duty Coast Guardsmen, and is familiar with the challenges military members and their dependents face while attending college. As a former art instructor, Halloween is her favorite holiday; she loves applying artistic makeup and making her husband and sons participate in themed costumes each year. Tiffany is the College Navigator for students in the Business & Accounting Academic Center and Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering & Technology majors in the STEM Academic Center.


Kirsten Kortz

Kirsten KortzKirsten is the Director of the Office of Transitional Support for New Students, which is just the fancy title for the New Student Gateway! She has been at NECC for 9 years, during which time she has worked with new students in a variety of ways. Her passion is helping students to feel confident and connected to the college, which is the whole purpose of the New Student Gateway. When she is not at work, Kirsten enjoys running (join her on Mondays at the President’s Running Club!), and spending time with her husband and dogs. Kirsten is the College Navigator for students in the Professional Studies Academic Center, students enrolled in the Exploratory program, and all dual-enrollment / Early College students.


Need to see us at a different time or in a different place? Call or email to set up an appointment and we are happy to meet you!

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