NECC First Step on Path to Engineering Degree
Nabil Saleh didn’t know what to expect when he first enrolled at Northern Essex. Raised in Lebanon, he moved to the U.S. two years ago with two things in mind: the goal of becoming a successful engineer and the determination to get there. The challenge was finding the best path to success.
It was only when he enrolled in NECC’s Engineering Program that he knew he’d found it.
“I looked at a number of colleges and found that NECC was the best and most affordable option for me,” he says. “The college played a crucial part in helping me transfer and in getting me to where I am today.”
Nabil is currently enrolled as a mechanical engineering major at UMass Lowell, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field.
“One thing I loved about NECC was how supportive the professors were. I can’t thank the faculty enough for what they’ve done.”
While a student at NECC, Nabil worked as a math tutor in the NECC tutoring center and participated in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A scholarship recipient with a 3.95 GPA, he took advantage of various academic opportunities, including an external ten-week research program at UMass Lowell and workshops offered through Pathways to Academic and Career Excellence (PACE), a federally-funded student support services program.
“PACE helped make the transfer process especially easy. They gave me all the resources I needed to successfully work through the application process,” he says.
Nabil advises future prospective transfer students to take advantage of as many services as possible while they’re enrolled on campus.
“If you work hard enough, you’ll achieve what you want. NECC has all the tools to prepare you for transfer, and I encourage other students to use them well.”