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NECC Receives Workforce Training Grant to Provide Skills Training for Local Employees

Submitted by on September 6, 2018 – 7:37 pm
Students and professor have conversation in classroom

Joe Ryan taught NECC’s Supervisory Skills Training Program. NECC just received additional funding for this program.

Northern Essex Community College has received a $142,313 Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund grant to provide leadership, management, and supervisory skills training for local employers.

The Small Business Direct Access Program grants are designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses, and increase opportunities for workers.

The grant will allow the college to continue to offer its successful supervisory skills training and to develop an advanced leadership program.  Both programs will be offered to local employers, and details will be announced soon.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with local employers to help them develop leaders and managers from within their workforce,” said Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex.  “We’re offering the skills that will help employees and employers get ahead.”

Northern Essex received a $120,750 Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Direct Access Training Grant in 2016 to create a Supervisory Skills Training Program.

In the past two years, more than 100 employees from 25 local companies –Charm Sciences, Watts Regulator Company, the GEM Group, and Microsemi, for example– participated in the 10-week, 40-hour noncredit training program.

The program focuses on the elements common to the job of a supervisor including effective supervisory skills, understanding behavioral styles, managing employee performance, training and development, situational leadership, managing conflict, effective communication, engaging employees, and preventing harassment and discrimination.

“This recent grant will allow us to build on the success of our Supervisory Skills Program,” said Glenn.  “We are thankful to the governor and our legislators for recognizing the importance of workforce development and the community college’s role in educating the workforce.”

For more information, contact Kathryn Ronaldson, program manager, NECC’s Center for Corporate Education, or (978) 556-3066.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, close to 8,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at