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NECC Becomes First U.S. Educational Partner of The Institute of Dominicans Living Abroad

Submitted by on March 27, 2024 – 2:21 pm

Lawrence, MA (March 28, 2024) – The Institute of Dominicans Living Abroad (INDEX) and Northern Essex Community College (NECC) are proud to announce the signing of a collaboration agreement aimed at bolstering educational opportunities for the Dominican community in Lawrence, Massachusetts. This landmark agreement marks a significant milestone in fostering cultural integration, strengthening community bonds, and advancing professional education and training initiatives between the US and the DR.

Oscar Guerrero, Senior Leader at INDEX Boston, Noemi Custodia-Lora, NECC VP of the Lawrence Campus and Community Relations, Carlos de la Mota, Vice Minister of External Affairs, MIREX, and Pablo Asencio, MIREX Director of Research and Studies

With a large population of Dominicans living abroad in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the collaboration between INDEX and NECC holds significance. Notably, NECC becomes INDEX’s first educational partner in the United States, highlighting the pioneering nature of this partnership and its potential for impact. The majority of Hispanic students at NECC have family ties to the DR.

The agreement underscores a shared commitment to support the Dominican community by providing access to educational resources, workforce training programs, and opportunities for skills enhancement.

The partnership between INDEX and NECC will facilitate the promotion of information on projects, workshops, certificate programs, and educational opportunities tailored to meet the needs of the Dominican diaspora. Through coordinated efforts, both organizations will leverage their respective networks, social media platforms, and institutional relations to amplify these initiatives and ensure maximum outreach within the Lawrence community.

NECC, known for its dedication to educational excellence and community engagement, will play a pivotal role in promoting educational attainment, workforce training, digital skills, and English language acquisition among Dominican residents in Lawrence. By collaborating with INDEX, NECC aims to create pathways for personal and professional development, ultimately contributing to the overall well-being and empowerment of the Dominican community.

Dr. Noemí Custodia-Lora, Vice President of Lawrence Campus & Community Relations at NECC, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “This collaboration represents a powerful synergy between the college and our community. By joining forces with INDEX, we are not only expanding educational opportunities but also fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all members of the Lawrence community.”

Carlos de la Mota, Executive Director of INDEX, emphasized the collaboration’s importance in promoting cultural integration and enhancing the socio-economic prospects of Dominicans in Massachusetts. “I’m excited to sign this collaboration agreement to promote easier access to educational programs for the Dominican community in Lawrence.”

The Dominican Republic maintains a Consulate in Boston. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates the National Institute of Vocational Technical Training (INFOTEP), which governs professional technical training. INDEX supports INFOTEP’s Lawrence office by fostering collaborations and promoting its educational programs abroad.

The collaboration agreement between INDEX and NECC is a testament to the power of partnership in driving positive change and creating a more equitable society. As both organizations embark on this transformative journey, they remain steadfast in their commitment to empowering individuals, enriching communities, and building a brighter tomorrow for all.