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NECC Announces Plans for Spring Semester 2021

Submitted by on September 16, 2020 – 5:36 pm

Many online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses are offered for the spring semester.

Northern Essex Community College’s Spring Semester, which begins Jan 20, 2021, will be almost fully online, according to a recent announcement by college leadership.

It’s likely that 90% of courses will be delivered online. Only those courses that require a face-to-face component—primarily Health and STEM courses—will be offered on campus.

The decision was made based on a careful review of the best information about conditions likely to exist next spring with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will continue to monitor those conditions carefully, and, if it is possible to offer additional courses on campus, we will do that,” said Bill Heineman, vice president of academic and student affairs.

The college transitioned to remote learning when the pandemic hit last spring. In late May, Northern Essex made the decision to offer a fall semester that was primarily online.

The goal, according to Heineman, was to keep students and faculty safe, and prepare for minimal potential disruption.

To facilitate the transition to online learning, the college invested $500,000 to help faculty transition 200 courses to online delivery over the summer; created a laptop requirement with funding available for students who needed it; and hired a team of peer ambassadors to help students who are new to online learning.

Registration for the spring begins Nov 2.

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 spring, contact Enrollment Services, 978 556-3700 or