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Community Partners

Community Partners

Grant Resource Center at NECC’s Lawrence Campus Library

Six years ago, NECC partnered with Jericho Road, Lawrence and Associated Grant Makers (AGM) to establish a Grant Resource Center at NECC’s Lawrence Campus library. This is a place where area non-profits are able to receive professional training on effective grant writing techniques as well as personalized assistance researching grant opportunities. This resource is open to the public.

Contact:

Diane Zold-Gross
dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1221

Build a Bridge

NECC and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to promote educational opportunities and transition support for ex-offenders and persons under supervision of the sheriff’s department. The partners subscribe to the premise that ex-offenders’ acquisition of skills and credentials through education is key to effecting their nonrecidivism and their social and economic reintegration into their communities. Collaborative efforts include pre-enrollment college exploration, financial aid counseling, and post-enrollment special support services provided by NECC and the Sheriff’s Department. Ex-offenders may qualify for special stipends awarded by the Essex County Community Foundation to support their transition into the college.

Partners:

Essex County Sheriff’s Department

Contact:

978-556-3608

College for Kids Summer Program

College for Kids is for students ages 9 – 14 (juniors 9 – 11 and seniors 12 – 14), and features three daily sessions of “courses” including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while also including the Arts. Students can enroll in single course(s) for the morning (9-11 AM), mid-day (11:45-1:45 PM), and late afternoon (2-4:00 PM) sessions or they can register for a full-week(s). The program is coordinated through NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education and, thanks to the support of several grantors, is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to disadvantaged students within the Merrimack Valley area who meet the eligibility requirements.

Partners:

Merrimack Valley area public school systems and community-based organizations

Funding Source:

Amelia Peabody Foundation, Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Edward S. and Winifred G. Moseley Foundation

Contact:

Christine DeRosa
cderosa@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1225

Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning provides opportunities to experience cultural, intellectual and educational growth in a relaxed, friendly environment. It’s a place to meet new people, hear stimulating lectures, or take in-depth courses of study. All Life Long Learning study and discussion groups as well as the College of Older Learners (CoOL) programs are geared to our senior community members of 50+ who realize that learning is important at any age.

Partners:

Bethany Community, Haverhill; Haverhill Council on Aging, Haverhill; Groveland Council on Aging, Groveland; Maplewood Harborside Health Care Center, Amesbury; Salisbury Senior Center, Salisbury; Atrium Merrimack Place, Newburyport; North Andover Senior Center, North Andover; Salem Senior Center, Salem, NH; Trestle Way Center, Georgetown; Methuen Senior Center, Methuen, Griffin-White Foundation

Funding Source:

Partial funding provided by the Griffin-White Foundation

Contact:

Marcy Yeager
College4Kids@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3332

NECC Speakers Bureau

In January of 2009, Northern Essex launched a Speakers Bureau featuring NECC faculty and staff who are available to speak free of charge to nonprofits in the area. Speakers present on a variety of topics, from postage stamp design to equality in the classroom to presidential politics. The NECC Speakers’ Bureau is designed to showcase the college’s highly qualified faculty and staff who are leaders in their fields and eager to share their expertise with the community. Each speaker is given a small stipend paid by NECC’s office of academic affairs.

Partners:

Local Nonprofits

Contact:

Ernie Greenslade
egreenslade@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3862

NECC Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Civic Engagement & Service learning integrates community service with academic instruction As part of their coursework, students participate in a community service project which is directly related to what they are studying. Examples of projects include students from many disciplines working on the Peace Poetry Contest, where over 600 poems and 80 pieces of artwork from around the region were submitted to the student-run and judged program. During the ‘09/‘10 academic year, many classes will have independent or cross-discipline projects focusing on homelessness. Research shows that students who participate in service learning have an enhanced academic experience and develop life skills and a sense of civic responsibility.

Partners:

varies

Contact:

Janel D’Agata-Lynch
jdagatalynch@necc.mass.edu
978-738-7530

The White Fund Enlightenment Series

NECC and the White Fund have partnered to provide a free lecture series at Northern Essex throughout the year. The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Partner & Funding Scource:

The White Fund

Contact:

Analuz Garcia
agarcia@necc.mass.edu
978-738-7423

Workplace Education Grant

This grant supports the delivery of workplace education ESOL classes to home-based family day care providers in Lawrence.

Partner & Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Contact:

Irene Chalek
ichalek@necc.mass.edu
978-738-7621

Partners:

Youth Build Lawrence

Education Partners

Education Partners

Grant Resource Center at NECC’s Lawrence Campus Library

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Community Adult Learning Centers: Lawrence

Grant providing the college to expand its ABE instruction and support services in the Merrimack Valley.

Partner & Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Contact:

Irene Chalek
ichalek@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1271

K-12 Partnerships

NECC’s PK-12 Partnerships department works with work with secondary schools in the region to create early college, dual enrollment programs and a variety of activities aimed at raising the percentage of high school graduates going to college—and the readiness of these students for college-level work. Our mutual goal is to bridge the P-12 and higher education divide and advance the State’s Vision Project. Our programming includes:

  • Early College and Dual enrollment programs
  • College awareness and college transition activities including: mock classes, information sessions; campus tours, academic advising
  • Career and Technical Education Secondary Post-Secondary Linkages
  • High School Articulation Agreements
  • Professional and development and vertical alignment of curriculum

Our early college enrollment program provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. Our programs adhere to NEASC’s policy on dual enrollment (PDF).

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) is a State-funded program that provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discounted price*and earn credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees.

CDEP eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience. The ultimate goal of CDEP is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college ready.

Massachusetts high school students can enroll in Northern Essex courses taught by college faculty and receive both high school and college credits for successful completion. There are many benefits to dual enrollment for both the high school students, who get a head start on their college education, and the high schools, which can expand their curriculum, offering their students a richer selection of courses.

Contact:

Noemi Custodia-Lora, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Lawrence Campus & Community Relations
ncustodialora@necc.mass.edu

Adam Cutler, Assistant Director Secondary—Postsecondary Linkages
978-738-7546
acutler@necc.mass.edu

Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) Grant

NECC is one of five regional centers funded by Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. The Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) offer professional studies and extension courses, training programs, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to address the educational, transition, and professional development needs of deaf and hard of hearing people, their family members, and the educators and other professionals who work with them. Since 1980, the Gallaudet University Regional Center has partnered with NECC to provide services and programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people throughout the Northeast region. The Center serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Partner & Funding Source:

Gallaudet University

Contact:

Todd Higgins
thiggins@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY / V, 978-241-7057 VP

Family Sign Language Program

The Massachusetts Family Sign Language Program provides Sign Language instruction free of charge for eligible families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing 0-3 years of age. This program introduces family members to Sign Language, enabling them to communicate with their child at the earliest age possible. Extended family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate. A total of 20 weeks of instruction is provided. The first 10 weeks are provided in the family’s home; the second ten weeks may be in the home, online, or in a group setting with other families. The Family Sign Language Program is offered throughout the Commonwealth of MA by the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Northern Essex Community College.

Partner & Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Contact:

Todd Higgins
thiggins@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY / V, 978-241-7057 VP

Haverhill Community Television

Since 2004, Northern Essex’s Television Production course, a requirement for students majoring in liberal arts: journalism/communication option, has been taught at Haverhill Community Television’s (HCTV) studios. In the spring of 2009, the college’s New Media II course was taught for the first time at the studios. This partnership between the college and HCTV benefits Northern Essex, whose students receive training on state-of-the-art equipment, and the station, which encourages the students to volunteer. Also, station employees teach courses for the college.

Contact:

Amy Callahan
acallahan@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3397

Transition to College

The NECC Transition to College Program is an essential component of a network of Adult Basic Education services. The mission of the Transition Program is to improve the lives of adult learners by providing educational opportunities to prepare for, enter, and succeed in post-secondary education.

Partner & Funding Source:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Contact:

Alisa Povenmire
apovenmire@necc.mass.edu
978-659-1272

Secondary Postsecondary Career/Vocational Technical Education Linkages

As part of a grant funded by Title II of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, Northern Essex works with area career and technical education (CTE) schools to create activities and services that support students’ seamless and successful completion of their career and technical education program of study resulting in a postsecondary education credential. NECC works with students enrolled in Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education (CVTE) programs at eligible high schools, including but not limited to the schools in NECC’s direct service area. In partnership with the schools the college engages in cooperative ventures that benefit Secondary–Post-secondary CVTE Linkages students such as:

  • Educator workshops and seminars
  • Student college and career events
  • Academic and career counseling services for students transitioning between high school and college or training
  • Early placement testing

Partners:

Greater Lawrence Technical School, Methuen High School, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School

Funding Source:

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Improvement Act of 2006 under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Contact:

Adam Cutler, Assistant Director Secondary—Postsecondary Linkages
acutler@necc.mass.edu
978-738-7546

Shared Reading Saturdays

Shared Reading Saturdays is a monthly literacy program offered through the Gallaudet University Regional Center at Northern Essex Community College, serving families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Greater Lawrence, Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire areas. This program is designed to be accessible for families and children for whom Spanish is a first language. Family members are taught how to read aloud with their children using American Sign Language and are encouraged to read with their children several times a week, enhancing overall academic skills. The program is presented in spoken English, spoken Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Partners:

Family Service, Inc. and Mentoring Out Loud, Lawrence, MA
Haverhill Starbucks, staff of Lawrence Public Schools

Funding Source:

Private Foundations

Contact:

Todd Higgins
thiggins@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3701 TTY / V, 978-241-7057 VP

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