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Learn at Your Own Pace With Competency-Based Education

Earn College Credits at Your Pace While Benefiting From One-on-One Academic Coaching Through This Unique Online Learning Program

Already Know the Material? Earn Credits Quickly

You want to get ahead in your career, but juggling the competing demands of a job, personal responsibilities, and college can be tough. At Northern Essex, we have an option, Competency-Based Education (CBE) that can make completing college courses – and getting ahead in your career – a little easier.

Finding New Material Challenging? Take the Time You Need to Really Understand It

CBE also gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace when taking on new material that you may find challenging. You’ll also benefit from the guidance and mentoring of an academic coach, who can help you stay on track.

A More Personalized Online Learning Experience That Supports Your Success

With CBE you’ll benefit from close working relationships with faculty and staff who are committed to your success – that begins with making your online learning experience engaging, creative, and much different from the isolated learning that is typical of most online learning programs.

Competency-Based Certificate and Course Options

You can earn a Certificate in Computer Applications or choose from individual courses that will build skills useful across a broad array of industries and job functions.

Computer Applications Certificate

CIS 110 – Computer Applications
CIS 112 – Integrated Computer Applications
CIS 113 – Data Management
CIS 114 – Help Desk & Soft Skills
CIS 130 – Web Development I
ENG 101 – English Composition I

Additional Courses

ART 109 – Two Dimensional Foundations
ART 140 – Computer Graphics


Northern Essex Community College is participating in a U.S. Department of Education Experimental Sites Initiative related to financial aid disbursements for students enrolled in Competency Based Education (CBE) courses. The Computer Applications Certificate program qualifies for the experiment. If you are enrolled in this program, have applied for financial aid, and are taking any CBE courses, you might be part of this experiment. Contact the Financial Aid Office  for details.

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