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Enrolling in an Associate Degree Program at Northern Essex?

If so, beginning in fall 2014, there’s a new graduation requirement that may apply to you.

If you are new to Northern Essex and have no academic history at the college, you will be required to take at least one course that’s intensive in each of Northern Essex’s six core academic skills in order to be eligible to graduate.

Whether you will be joining the workforce or transferring to a four-year college or university, we want to be sure that you graduate with the skills that will lead to success in your career and in life.

NECC Core Academic Skills

Global Awareness

Global Awareness

Students will develop an understanding of diverse cultures and use this knowledge to address global issues.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Students will learn to identify their information needs and use appropriate resources to find and communicate this information.

Public Presentation

Public Presentation

Students will develop and express ideas through public presentations with increasing complexity and sophistication.

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will learn to interpret and manipulate quantitative information and apply concepts and skills to solve real-world problems.

Science and Technology

Science & Technology

Students will learn to explain how science and technology influence each other and how both can be used to explore natural and human-created systems.

Written Communication Icon (Pencil image and WC)

Written Communication

Students will develop and express ideas in writing with increasing complexity and sophistication.

Find Out Whether This Requirement Applies to You

Please contact your assigned faculty advisor or an academic advisor in the Student Success Hub. You can reach a academic advisor by emailing, or talking to one of our Academic Advising Staff on campus.

Search for Courses That Fulfill the Core Academic Skills Requirements

Please use the Credit Course Search Tool.

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