Support Services Help Lawrence High Grad Succeed
Abraham Batista elected to attend Northern Essex Community College after graduating from Lawrence High School in 2007 for two reasons.
First, he wanted to save money on his college education. And second, he was looking to develop his academic skills so he could succeed in college-level courses.
At Northern Essex, Abraham started with fundamental courses such as basic reading, basic writing, and basic math. Once he built his academic foundation, he moved into more advanced college-level courses and, with the help of the support he received from the math lab, did well in his studies.
Abraham graduated with a certificate in computer information technology in May and is transferring to UMass Lowell where he will continue his studies in this field with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.
While at Northern Essex, Abraham ran for the college track team, worked nights in the college’s computer lab, and was an active participant in the PACE program, a federal support program for first generation college students like him. Through career planning at the college, he also secured a part-time job which he “loves,” working as a network specialist for Eastern Bag and Paper in Tewksbury.
When asked how he balances two part-time jobs and a rigorous schedule of courses, while finding the time to run track for the college, Abraham admits it’s not always easy. “Academics have to be the priority,” he says. “I have to focus on what’s important, my education.”
Abraham has proven that hard work, a positive attitude, and a willingness to seek out support services at the college can lead to college success and he is happy to share his story with others.