Health & Wellness Project
Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is exploring a public-private partnership to upgrade health and wellness facilities and programs on its Haverhill campus.
NECC’s health and wellness facilities, comprised of the Sports and Fitness Center (Building D, built in 1971) and several fields, do not meet the modern needs of the campus community. These facilities face an estimated $9M+ in deferred maintenance, including outdated systems, ADA accessibility shortcomings, and poor drainage of the fields. NECC has been approached by various organizations about partnerships over the past several years.
NECC views vibrant athletic health and wellness programming as integral to student retention, physical and mental health, and the success of the college.
- Advance NECC’s mission by better serving their students of today and the future with athletic health and wellness offerings.
- Enhance facilities in a cost-effective way.
- Develop better connectivity with the surrounding community to advance shared values and attract and retain students.
Northern Essex has long recognized the important role athletic health and wellness can play in recruiting, retaining, and helping students succeed, especially male students, who lag significantly behind female students in enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates. NECC is a unique community college within Massachusetts, and across the nation, in preserving and investing in these opportunities to expand educational access to our community.