March Trustee Update
For the education report, Emily Gonzalez, natural sciences professor, provided an update on the clinical research coordinator advanced certificate program which she coordinates.
The program is designed for students who have an associate or bachelor’s degree in a health care or science field, and are interested in starting a career in clinical research.
Clinical research coordinators assist with conducting clinical studies and trials for the development of new drugs and protocols, medical devices, and diagnostic tools, according to Gonzalez, who has recently developed three courses: Introduction to Clinical Research; Clinical Research Regulatory Compliance, and Clinical Research Protocol Design and Research Ethics.
In addition to developing the courses, Gonzalez is recruiting students to the program using a variety of tools including a print brochure, a video, media outreach, and social media.
“I’m proud of a venture like this,” said NECC President Lane Glenn. “It shows how we can respond quickly to employer needs.”
Report of Administration
Strategic Plan Update: Student Career Opportunities
Each month, President Glenn reports on one of the four Strategic Plan goal teams and this month he gave an update on the Student Career Opportunities Goal Team, which is co-chaired by Ashley Moore, Career Services, and Pat Morrow, Business faculty.
This team is focused on increasing the percentage of students finding jobs in their field of study; increasing the percentage of nontraditional students pursuing careers in high-demand fields of STEM and Health care; and embedding career exploration and education into academic programs through curricular and co-curricular activities.
President Glenn reported on the 3rd annual Networking Night which is planned for Thursday, May 18, inviting trustees to participate.
The evening will provide students with the chance to learn about different career fields, what to expect in an interview, and learn the value of networking and communication when it comes to job and internship interviews.
Spurk building Renovations are on Time, on Budget
If all goes as planned, the Spurk Building, which has been offline since last summer for renovations, will reopen in June.
The newly renovated space will feature renovated restrooms, new windows, central air conditioning, and more.
Soon after the Spurk Building re-opens, renovations will begin on the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St, Lawrence, which will receive new windows, new siding, parking lot improvements, and a new, beautifully landscaped outdoor space.
“When completed, our two largest classroom buildings will be updated,” said Glenn.
Haverhill High School Early College Program Graduates 28
Northern Essex recently hosted a graduation ceremony for 28 Haverhill High School seniors who have completed the Early College Program, earning high school and college credits.
One of those graduates, Isabelle Callahan, is headed to UMass Lowell and she will begin her first year there with 40 credits, which is more than one year of college.
“Families are finding Early College is a good way to get students into college and earn a degree with significant savings,” said Glenn.
Three join full-time staff
Trustees unanimously approved three new appointments: Marie Campechano, bursar; Betania Villa, accountant I, Bursar’s Office and Testing Center; and Mary Murphy, staff associate for research and planning.