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This weekly email includes college-wide updates related to the college’s evolving response to the COVID-19 crisis.  You’ll find information about remote teaching, learning, work, and operations.

Plans for Fall

You’ve probably heard that most courses—80 percent or well over 400 courses— will be delivered online in the fall. Fewer than 100 courses, most in health or science, will have a face-to-face component. In those courses meeting face-to-face, strict social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Over the summer, faculty will be working on transitioning their classes to an online format. Bill Heineman, vice president of academic and student affairs, emphasized that these classes will be carefully designed to help students succeed in an online format.

The fall schedule is being adjusted now. The college will contact anyone who had already signed up for a face-to-face course to explain what will happen and assist with making changes.

If you have questions or have not yet registered, please contact advising@necc.mass.edu or 978 556-3700.

2020 Grads On Campus Monday, June 15

If you are a member of the class of 2020, please make plans to come on campus Monday, June 15 (raindate, Tuesday, June 16) to pick up your celebration package, which will include your diploma plus special gifts.

We will practice social distancing: just pull up and pop your trunk. Details including times have been emailed to each graduate.

Also, mark your calendars for our virtual commencement on Saturday, August 8 at 11 am.

Questions? Visit the Virtual Commencement web page, email registrar@necc.mass.edu or call 978 556-3974.

College Unveils “Bold” Marketing Campaign

Northern Essex has refocused its marketing campaign in response to the pandemic, according to Allison Dolan-Wilson, vice president of institutional advancement, now targeting recent high school graduates who are reconsidering plans for the fall; current college students who may be wary of returning to a residential campus; and unemployed workers.

The “Start at NECC” campaign includes print, digital, radio, social media, buses, and television, including a new 30-second video.

“It’s about now; bold and focused on quality and accessibility,” said Dolan-Wilson.

Find out how you can help amplify the college’s messages by sharing on your own social media and in your own networks.

Have Questions?

If you have questions specific to COVID-19 and the college’s response, please visit the NECC Coronavirus Information web page, call 978-556-3700 or email expectmore@necc.mass.edu.

As we receive updates, our policies may change. We will share these updates through campus email. Higher level information will also be shared through the college’s Emergency Notification System and on Facebook or Twitter.

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