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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. We are located on second floor of the Student Success Hub and at our Lawrence campus in the Dimitry building.

Not on campus? We also have a Blackboard Community site! It is our virtual New Student Gateway for when you are off campus. NECC Blackboard login.

Your Navigator Is Here to Help!

  • 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’s 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

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Julio Ortiz

Born and raised in the heart of New York City, and as an NECC alumni, Julio understands the difficulty of navigating through college as a first year student. Julio believes community and a sense of belonging greatly impacts student success. He is very active at NECC, and enjoys playing basketball and weightlifting. Julio has a background in IT, and is willing to help any students interested in pursuing that field. As a College Navigator, Julio helps students discover their reasons for embarking on an academic journey, and assists them with acquiring the skills to complete that journey.

Text: 978-355-7973 or email

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Noelia Figuereo

Noelia Figuereo was born and raised in Haverhill, MA and is a bilingual professional with Dominican roots. As a former student-athlete, Noelia believes academic and athletic support were her gateway to success. She discovered her ability to juggle various responsibilities and a passion for community service, social justice, and global human rights. Now a College Navigator at Northern Essex Community College, Noelia uses her background in diverse non-profit mental health and wellness organizations to help students overcome barriers.

Text: 978-420-4101 or Email:

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Tiffany Esmerio

California native, Tiffany Esmerio, has traveled coast to coast to New England as the spouse of a Navy Veteran/Active Duty Coast Guardsmen.  She is familiar with the challenges military members and their dependents face while attending college.  Tiffany is also a first-generation student with personal experience navigating the ups and downs of higher education.  At NECC, she is a College Navigator and enjoys helping diverse students discover their passions, access resources, and achieve their academic goals.  She is also a first-generation student with personal experience navigating the ups and downs of higher education.  As a former art instructor, she loves artistic makeup and making her family wear themed costumes on Halloween each year.

Text: 978-386-9649 or Email:



Haverhill Campus

Student Center (SC)
Second Floor Knight’s Nook (Cubes 3, 4, & 13)

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays by appointment 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Lawrence Campus

Dimitry Building
First Floor L-132

Monday through Thursday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays by appointment 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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