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Bradford Woman Likes Law on Her Side

Submitted by on August 14, 2012 – 7:53 am
NECC paralegal studies graduate Lori Page

NECC paralegal studies graduate Lori Page

Lori Page reinvented herself a dozen times before she walked on to the campus of Northern Essex and patented a career.

A Bradford resident since 2003, Lori grew up on the North Shore. After a lackluster high school experience she dropped out and later earned her GED with a nearly perfect score.

Her aptitude was a good match for her ambition. Lori held a succession of positions with a major telephone company and quickly moved up the rungs.

When she was laid off from her corporate job Lori started a landscaping business, managed a video chain store, and perennially bartended.

The commuter rail was her next stop. For several years she chugged through long days as a conductor and a customer service representative. After several grueling years she hopped back on the corporate train and was laid off.

“I decided then I was tired of others being in charge of my destiny. Law was always a strong interest of mine. I came here, met the faculty, and enrolled in the paralegal program.”

When her law class visited a local courtroom, Lori met an attorney about to open a new law office. Lori used her sales skills to sell herself and landed a job she loves.

She graduated in May with a 3.9 GPA and an associate degree in paralegal studies with a transfer option. She hopes to earn her bachelor and law degrees.

“I’m always talking about the college. I tell people to visit the college and enroll in a program. You are never too old to go back to school. At NECC the professors empower you to follow your dreams and be all you can be.”