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NECC Now Registering for Fall

Submitted by on July 16, 2020 – 4:34 pm


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Ninety percent of NECC courses will be delivered online in the fall of 2020.

Northern Essex Community College is offering close to 300 credit courses this fall semester, which begins September 9, 2020, and 90 percent of those courses will be delivered online.

Students can take their gen ed classes which easily transfer to other colleges and universities; get started on a certificate or associate degree in a choice of over 60 degree and certificate programs; or begin preparing for a new career in fields like health care, computers, and education.

Bill Heineman, the college’s vice president of academic and student affairs, says the college is spending the summer transitioning to online learning. “While dealing with the pandemic has been a challenge for us, the bright side is that we are developing a first-rate online program.”

This summer the college has invested a half million dollars to prepare faculty who have previously taught face-to-face for online teaching and $100,000 for a new peer ambassador program that will help students succeed in online courses. Northern Essex is also putting resources toward a laptop requirement for students that will insure that all students have the technology needed.

Only classes that require a face-to-face experience, such as health and science labs, will be taught traditionally this fall.

To explore courses offered this fall, check out the course selection tool.

Here’s where you can learn more about the college’s over 60 academic programs.

Here’s where you can find out about the college’s many virtual admissions events.

For additional information on enrolling this fall, contact Enrollment Services, 978 556-3700 or


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.