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PTK logo Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes the academic achievement of community college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa was recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. The Beta Sigma Lambda chapter at NECC was chartered in 2010.

PTK Events

PTK Events

NECC Music – Winter Choir Concert

Haverhill Campus 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

NECC Choir will perform their Winter Concert on Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm in the Tech Center.

Winter Fest on the Lawrence Campus

Lawrence Campus Lawrence, MA

Student Life will be offering: Hot Chocolate Crafts Cookie Decorating Stuff-a-Bear

Holiday Stroll

Haverhill Campus 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

The Offices of the Student Center in Haverhill invite you to a Holiday Stroll on Wednesday, December 6 from 10:00am - 12:30pm!  There will be music, activities, snacks and surprises!   Just follow the snowflakes to...

Visit & learn about Federal Work Study at NECC

Haverhill Campus 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

Looking to boost your resume with a part-time job that works around your class schedule? A Federal Work Study job can help you develop the professional skills that employers want.  Stop by the Spurk Lobby...

Community Outreach Group

Haverhill Campus 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

Join us, make new friends, and explore meaningful ways to contribute to our communities. Meets Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 in C317H, 3rd floor Spurk and in Zoom. October 25 November 1 November 8 November 15 November 22 November 29...

Event Series Community Outreach Group

Community Outreach Group

Join us, make new friends, and explore meaningful ways to contribute to our communities. Meets Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 in C317H, 3rd floor Spurk and in Zoom. October 25 November 1 November 8 November 15 November 22 November 29...

Haverhill Campus Tour and Information Session

Haverhill Campus 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

Visit us on the Haverhill Campus for an information session and a tour led by one of our admission counselors.

PTK News

PTK News

Two 2022 Graduates Named to PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Two 2022 Graduates Named to PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Haverhill, MA (April 15, 2022) – Two Northern Essex Community College students, Lawrence’s Saviel Ortiz and Sierra Goodwin of Hampton, New Hampshire, were named to the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Massachusetts Academic Team based on outstanding academic achievement and exemplary student service. Both will be graduating from Northern Essex on May 14.

Each spring, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) honors students selected for the academic team at a ceremony at the State House. This year, students were honored virtually during a ceremony on Friday, April 29 at 10am.

saviel, wearing a blue suit, stands smiling looking at camera
Saviel Ortiz, ’22 Business Transfer

Saviel Ortiz is a Business Transfer major with a 3.89 GPA. This fall, he will attend the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst to concentrate in Finance Risk Management.
“I’m so honored and grateful to be the recipient of this award. I would love to thank the PTK community for this wonderful opportunity, that will help me and also motivate future leaders,” he says. In addition to being a full time student, Ortiz works at Reading Cooperative Bank as a bank supervisor and volunteers with Top Notch Scholars, which he says has helped him stay involved in his community.

Sierra stands smiling with her hand on her hip and graduation cap in other hand
Sierra Goodwin, ’22 Exercise Science

Sierra Goodwin is studying Exercise Science and also plans to continue her education at a four-year school following graduation in May. “I decided to study dietetics after being diagnosed with a debilitating eating disorder in high school. I knew that I wanted to give back to the eating disorder technician profession in the way that they did for me, in hopes that I could save someone’s life.”

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society of two-year colleges. PTK has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 100 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. Sierra Goodwin notes that there are many benefits to joining. “PTK as a whole has really helped me feel connected to my peers during my past two years. It was the only group I really got to get involved in because of the pandemic/attending classes online, and for that I am really thankful.”

As nominees to the All USA Academic Team, Goodwin and Ortiz both qualify for $5,000 scholarships to continue their education.

For additional information contact Professor Lisette Espinoza at lespinoza@necc.mass.edu

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 www.necc.mass.edu or call 978-556-3700.

Three Local 2021 Grads Named to PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Three Local 2021 Grads Named to PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Jay Anaya, Lawrence, PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Three Northern Essex Community College students, Jay Anaya of Lawrence, Michelle Colbert-Mason of Haverhill, and Cathalina Eisan of Rowley, were named to the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Massachusetts Academic Team based on outstanding academic achievement and exemplary student service. All will be graduating from Northern Essex on May 15 with high honors.

Each spring, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) honors students selected for the academic team at a ceremony at the State House. This year, students will be honored virtually during “PTK Community College Excellence Week”, which runs from Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30.

“It’s been a stressful year, and all three of these students deserve special recognition for having achieved such high levels of academic success despite all the challenges,” said NECC President Lane Glenn. “If they can excel like this in the midst of a pandemic, I can’t wait to see what they will do in the future.”

Jay Anaya, a Lawrence, MA native, is graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA and an associate degree in criminal justice. She has already begun taking courses at UMass Lowell, while enrolled at Northern Essex, and she anticipates that she will graduate with her bachelor’s in criminal justice with a legal studies minor in just one year. A master’s degree is definitely in her future.

Anaya’s short term goal is to be a juvenile probation officer and long term she plans to become a criminal justice professor.

Michelle Colbert-Mason, Haverhill, PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

She says that because of her experience growing up in an urban area, she would most like to work with youth who may be troubled or at risk.

Anaya has volunteered in her community in the past, and, most recently, she has committed 400 hours as a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line, helping those in need.

Michelle Colbert-Mason had to drop out of high school for health reasons. After getting her GED, she has excelled academically at Northern Essex, earning her associate degree in liberal arts: journalism/communications with high honors.

She also has been active on campus, serving as a student ambassador, helping other students with online learning; as a member of Phi Theta Kappa; and participating in the PACE (Pathways to Academic and Career Excellence) Program, a federally funded program for first generation college students.

A Haverhill resident, Colbert-Mason gives back to her community as a volunteer and member of Junior Board of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

Her goal is to be a journalist and she has applied to bachelor’s programs at Northwestern, Northeastern, Simmons, UMass Amherst, Boston University, and Emerson.

She has been selected to the student speaker at the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15.

Cathalina Eisan of Rowley, PTK All-Massachusetts Academic Team

Eisan’s goal is to be an interpreter for the Deaf, and her passion is working with Deaf children.

After earning her associate degree in American Sign Language studies in May, she plans to return to Northern Essex for her sign language interpreting certificate, an intensive program which will help her hone her signing skills.

When she graduates with the certificate in 2022, she plans on pursuing her interpreting license and eventually landing a position in a school system.

Eisan has a 3.71 GPA and she’s been working part time at TJ Maxx to pay for her schooling.

A resident of Rowley, she spent her early years in Derry, NH and graduated from high school in California.

Here is a link to a video featuring President Lane Glenn honoring the three scholars.

For additional information contact Professor Lisette Espinoza at lespinoza@necc.mass.edu

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 www.necc.mass.edu or call 978-556-3700.

Scholarships

Scholarships

There are many scholarships available exclusively to PTK members. Learn More

Contact

Mark Reinhold
PTK Faculty Coordinator
Professor of Earth Science 
Science Building, E259
mreinhold@necc.mass.edu
978-556-3523

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