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Welcome to SOAR!

The SOAR program is a student support program created for you, the NECC student. SOAR provides opportunities for students to strengthen their academic skills, explore career and transfer choices, express their identities, and grow their leadership experience.

We know you are busy, so we will be hosting our events in person, virtually and we will be recording them (when possible) so that you will have access to them on your schedule. We strive to uplift our students to achieve their own version of success. We seek to create a familial, trusted community focused on empowering students through care, challenge, and celebration.

For more information about becoming a SOAR Scholar email or stop by the SOAR Center in room 209 in the SC building, Haverhill Campus.


SOAR will uplift historically underrepresented students to achieve their own version of success.


SOAR staff, in collaboration with participating students, will promote increased persistence of academic and career goal completion by creating a trusted, familial community through forming connections, empowerment, and holistic, individualized support.


Returning this Fall: SOAR After Dark!

Feeling stuck with an assignment?

Starting Tuesday September 20th our Academic Fellows will be available Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. virtually and in-person.

Our Fellows can assist you with assignment planning and completion! Just have a quick question? Our Academic Fellows are here to help. 

Want to join virtually?

Click HERE

Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Want to join in person?

Mondays and Wednesdays in SC Room 209 in Haverhill

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Dimitry Room L146

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Who We Are

SOAR Staff

Sarah Cooper (She/Her/Hers)

Hello, I am so excited to be your new Director of SOAR. Helping students define and achieve their version of success is my professional passion and the vision of SOAR. I have some degrees, a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Johnson and Wales University in Providence RI and a Master’s in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk, and they have certainly opened doors in my profession. However my partner has nicknamed me “the professor”, because I am a teacher at heart. From helping the person at the grocery store figure out what a gooseberry is, to guiding our children through the many choices of life, I love seeing people harness the power of knowledge to make informed, right choices for them. So whether it’s how to succeed at college, or pick a gift for a loved one, I will always listen, ask question and help you find the best solution for you! I look forward to meeting you soon.

Martha Mazeika (She/Her/Hers)

Greetings! My name is Martha Mazeika and I am the Assistant Director of SOAR! I am here to help you succeed. I have been working at community colleges for about 25 years in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Illinois with my main focus being advising and student success. Just like all of you, I am in school as well to add to my collection of degrees. I am a quilter and enjoy the times I have that I sit and sew with friends. My preference is to hand sew some of my quilting projects. Please stop by my office in the Dimitry Building Room L134 if you need help, want to share your story, and/or have ideas of how the SOAR program can help you!!!!

Michael Ryan (He/Him/His)

Hello! My name is Michael Ryan and I am the Case Manager for Business & Accounting and Professional Studies. I have a Master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College. I am originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, and recently relocated to Lawrence. I like to golf, I’m a huge Boston sports fan, and I love all things Harry Potter, Disney, and Star Wars!

Dermot Luddy (He/Him/His)

Hi! I am the Academic Advisor for SOAR. Welcome to the SOAR Program. We intend to ensure that your time at NECC is one where you create memories of success and achievement. I look forward to participating in your journey. I studied philosophy, computers and theology in Ireland before coming to the United States to study at Fordham University in the Bronx. Teaching at Fordham, Stonehill College, SNHU, Curry College, UML, Bridgewater State, and Northern Essex in addition to teaching high school for 15 years has given me the kinds of life experiences that may benefit my students. I bring this academic and teaching background to all advising sessions, helping you to discern your individual path, and travelling with you to achieve your personal goals. Prior to joining SOAR, I worked in the Center for Liberal Arts and continue to advocate for the importance of the liberal arts at the heart of the community college curriculum.

I live on the edge of a swamp with my wife and life partner, our brood of young adults, in addition to two dogs and three cats. I am never happier than when pontificating on the state of American politics. I enjoy movies, live music, and spending time with friends and family.

Faniel Adames (He/Him/His)

Hello, my name is Faniel Adames and I am the Case Manager for the Liberal Arts and STEM. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst with a theater degree and a minor in psychology. I’m a first-generation college student and I understand how confusing it can be when you’re in a new environment and don’t know what questions to ask or what to expect. That’s why I’m here! Any questions you have, any concerns or if you want to chat about any movies that are out, stop by! I’m a resource that NECC wants you to have, so don’t be shy to ever reach out and ask anything. If I know then you’ll know, if not, I’ll find out. We are one of the many programs in Northern Essex that want to help you along your academic journey, so don’t hesitate to say hi!

Jazmine Mateo (She/Her/Hers)

Hello my name is Jazmine and I am the Administrative Assistant for the SOAR program. Welcome! I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre from Salem State University. I love the arts – music, dance, theatre, etc. I love Disney, and I also love to travel. If you visit campus please stop by to say hello.

Maxie Holman (She/Her/Hers)

So excited to be joining the team, I am the Academic Coach for the SOAR Program! As you will soon find out I am an open book.  Feel free to ask me questions, I am happy to tell you more about myself.  For now, let me share a bit about what has brought me here. Since 2011 I worked in Residence Life at a few different institutions including Merrimack College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Clark University, and the State University of New York in Cobleskill.  This work helped me focus my passion for supporting students, meeting them where they are at, and assisting them along their journey.  I earned my Master of Education degree in Student Affairs Counseling at Bridgewater State University.  I make sure to bring this counseling lens to all that I do and try to be attentive to all aspects of someone’s world that may be impacting them at the moment.  I graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Movement Science with a concentration in Dance.  In my spare time, I enjoy anything involving creative arts, volunteering for a dog shelter, and exploring nature with my partner and puppy.  Please stop by C211 (Haverhill) to say hi or catch me over in the nest!

Jacques Morrow (He/Him/His)

Hi! My name is Jacques Morrow and I am the Case Manager for the Health Professions. I have B.A. in Theatre and a Masters in Theatre Education. I hail from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Idaho. I have been teaching, tutoring or advising in some way, shape, or form for the last 15 years. My graduate thesis focused on the pedagogical relationships between students and teachers. It delved into how teacher and student attitudes towards one another affected information retention. I believe very strongly that teaching (and education in general) is ultimately a position of service. In other words, I am here to help whatever the case may be. Even if it’s just a cup of coffee and a sympathetic ear…I’m here for that too. If I had a hobby that I am most passionate about it would be yoga. I began doing yoga 12 years ago in conjunction with my side work as a mime, clown and acrobat. Although the miming and clown has fallen by the wayside, I still continue to devote my spare time to yoga. I am the quintessential geek consuming everything from Marvel to Harry Potter to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Earth: Mostly Harmless). I am also the father of three precocious children and the husband of one long suffering wife. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns let me know. I’m excited to see what I can do to help you in your educational endeavors.

Our Services

Peer Ambassadors

Peer Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are here to assist students in becoming acclimated to Northern Essex campus and culture. They work collaboratively to engage students in activities that increase their peers’ success and involvement in a positive college experience. Their mission: to make connections with an accepting, supportive SOAR staff and peer community!



SOAR plans a variety of workshops to set our students up for success in a variety of areas, such as informative financial, personal health and wellness activities, as well as academic skills and tips workshops tailored to SOAR students. Specific topics we have planned include study tips, financial literacy, self-care, career planning, and more! Don’t forget the FUN!

Here are our Fall events:


09/08/22 Email Etiquette Workshop

09/12/22 Reading Your Syllabus: What Really Matters?

09/14/22 Haverhill Open House

09/19/22 Competing Priorities Workshop

09/21/22 Lawrence Open House

09/27/22 Bullet Journaling: Setting Yourself Up to Succeed



10/04/22 Library Resources Workshop

10/05/22 Services Resource Fair

10/06/22 Paper Writing Workshop

10/18/22 Safe Zone Training

10/19/22 Services Resource Fair



11/01/22 What’s on the Ballot? MA Edition

11/03/22 What’s on the Ballot NH Edition

11/03/22 Understanding Our Identities

11/10/22 Veteran’s Day Celebration

11/21/22 “There, There” Book Club

11/28/22 Test Taking Tips and Tacos



12/08/22 Brain Breaks

12/13/22 SOAR End of Semester Celebration


To RSVP for SOAR events click HERE


SOAR is collaborating with Student Life on the following events: 

10/13/22 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration UNIDOS: INCLUSIVITY FOR A STRONGER NATION

10/20/22 Shangela Fully Lit Tour

10/31/22 Trick or Treat/Costume Contest

11/29/22 Pack the Stands Fan Fest at the Basketball Game 

12/07/22 Winter Fest featuring Pet a Pet (Therapy Dogs)

To RSVP for these events click HERE

1:1 Assistance

1:1 Assistance

Whatever you need, our team of SOAR staff are here for you; providing individualized, holistic assistance in eliminating barriers with a common goal of helping you succeed. Our friendly, caring staff members are here to help! Whatever assistance you may need, we are here to talk, and provide guidance. When you don’t know where to go, come to us and we can help you! Just a few of our many services include:

  • 4-year college visits and transfer assistance.
  • Career and academic exploration with a focus on your personal values, skills, and interests.
  • Assistance connecting with useful campus resources.
  • Academic coaching and individualized homework help, including after hours.
  • Meeting and connecting with your peers and having fun!


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