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NECC Graduate Receives Scholarship Award

Submitted by on January 3, 2013 – 9:15 am

Lindsey Curole

Lindsey Curole of Merrimac, a 2012 NECC graduate and current UMass Lowell student, recently received the 2012 Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association (MEOA) scholarship.

The MEOA Student Scholarship Program supports the success of low-income and first generation college students in their pursuit of higher education. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Curole was a student at her local community college in 2005 when Katrina hit. After the storm she found herself in Massachusetts and enrolled in NECC in the Laboratory Science program. At NECC Mayo was involved in the Pathways to Academic & Career Excellence (PACE) program and Phi Theta Kappa National honor society.

After graduating with honors from the Laboratory Science program at NECC, Curole transferred to UMass Lowell in their Clinical Lab Science bachelor’s degree program.

Kristen Arnold, PACE program transfer advisor at Northern Essex, nominated Curole for this scholarship. In nominating her, Arnold said that Curole is not only a natural leader but that “she radiates positivity and has a wonderful sense of humor.”

NECC’s Laboratory Science program trains students for jobs as Lab technicians. Lab techs prepare samples, run tests, troubleshoot and maintain instrumentation, and can also analyze data and communicate findings. Students who complete the Applied Sciences Associate Degree at NECC gain a strong theoretical background in chemistry and the associated sciences, learn technical lab skills and instrumental analysis, and acquire critical thinking and trouble-shooting skills.