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NECC Announces Online Options for Spring Semester

Submitted by on November 9, 2021 – 2:15 pm

Students can register now for one of the 126 courses offered completely online at Northern Essex Community College for the spring semester, which begins January 19.

Fully online courses are available in most disciplines, including Business, Liberal Arts, Health, STEM, Criminal Justice, Education, and more.

There are intro courses for students new to college as well as more advanced courses for returning students.

“We are pleased to be able to offer students an alternative to face-to-face instruction,” said Dr. Paul Beaudin, vice president of academic affairs. “Most of our students are working and many have families. Online courses remove barriers to access.”

In addition to the fully online courses, Northern Essex will also offer 70 hybrid courses this spring, which combine in-person meetings with online work.

The college has 11 programs that are 80% online as well as three new fully online programs in Business Transfer, Criminal Justice, and General Studies: Health Specialization.

Northern Essex also has support services available including tutoring, library services, and accessibility resources.

“We want students and their parents to know we are ready to support those who cannot come on campus,” said Melba Acevedo, Northern Essex’s director of instructional technology and online learning.

In September, the presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth’s 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022. Students who register for courses that do not include an in-person component and who do not plan to come on campus for the spring 2022 semester will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.

To review courses available this spring, visit the course search tool. To search for online courses, click on advanced search and use the drop-down menu.

To learn more about the college’s over 60 academic programs, visit the website.

To find out about virtual and in-person admissions events, visit the website.

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

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers approximately 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,000 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.