Eagle Tribune: Six Decades of Learning: NECC Remembers Its Roots While Keeping Focus on the Future
Students had just six associate degree programs to choose from. There are now around 60 associate degrees and certificates offered, as well as community educational programs for adults and children.
After opening in 1961, Northern Essex continued to operate at Greenleaf School for 10 years and also operated out of several satellite locations, including the old Haverhill High School, which was in the current City Hall.
In 1963, the city built a new high school on Monument Street in Haverhill, and in 1971, NECC opened its new, sprawling campus on Elliott Street at the opposite side of town. At that time, many of the college’s parking areas were still unpaved and on rainy days became a muddy mess.
The Haverhill campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.Mike LaBella