Recent NECC Grad Heads to UMass Boston with Full Scholarship
Klinbert Garcia expects to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from UMass Boston and very little debt, thanks to his decision to start at Northern Essex Community College.
A 2014 graduate of Methuen High School, Klinbert first explored Northern Essex’s courses in web design, and then communications. After watching his friend successfully launch a business, he got the entrepreneurial bug and enrolled in NECC’s Business Program.
Klinbert earned his Associate Degree in Business Transfer with high honors from Northern Essex in May and in the fall he will transfer to UMass Boston, having been awarded the Foster Furcolo Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship named after the former governor of Massachusetts. At UMass Boston, he will major in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship.
By beginning at Northern Essex, Klinbert says he had the opportunity to explore his options without incurring large college debt.
“I took courses in communications, web design, and business, all the subjects that interested me, and what I learned in class helped shape my future plans,” he says. Klinbert also developed his leadership skills as a member of the Student Senate and as the student-elected trustee, and he gained valuable work experience through internships with the Lawrence Family Resource Center and the college’s Study Abroad Program.
While Klinbert is looking forward to life in the city in the fall, he feels strongly that starting at Northern Essex was the best decision for him. “I’ll be able to start my own business after getting my bachelor’s degree with the money I saved by starting at Northern Essex.”