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Free Program Prepares Students for College

Submitted by on July 13, 2020 – 12:48 pm

Want to enroll in college, but don’t know where to start? Do you worry that you aren’t academically prepared? You can prepare for success in college in the free Transition to College Program at Northern Essex Community College.

Transition to College is accepting applicants for this fall. Classes start September 20, 2020, with an orientation to the program August 24-September 3.

If you have a high school diploma or equivalency or a high school diploma and have been out of school for a few years or more, this program is for you. Transition to College is also perfect for adult English Language Learners with high level English skills and a high school diploma from their home country.

The program provides academic work in reading, writing, math and computers while integrating college adjustment skills such as time management, organization, note taking, paper writing, library, study, and homework skills.

Additionally, students learn about the culture and expectations of college, complete a college application and financial aid forms, and receive career planning guidance and advising.

Students who complete the program receive six college credits.

Classes will be held virtually and there is a day and evening option.

For additional information, contact Alisa Povenmire, Program Coordinator, by email at

This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, more than 5,000 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 or call 978-556-3700.