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Get Involved and Build Your Resume!

Make the most of your time at Northern Essex Community College. There are many ways you can gain valuable career and life skills while attending classes. Take advantage of the many opportunities, programs, services and resources that can help you prepare for your future career.

Career Exploration

Getting involved at NECC is a great way to explore your strengths and career interests! Check out the following programs:

The PACE Program can help you develop the skills needed to complete your academic program, prepare for a great career, or transfer to a four-year college or university for your bachelor’s degree. You are eligible for PACE if you are a first-generation college student, and you meet federal financial guidelines.

The SOAR Program can help you strengthen your academic skills, explore career and transfer choices, and grow your leadership experience. All NECC students are welcome to participate in SOAR services and events. Visit the SOAR office on the Haverhill campus in room 209 in the Student Center (SC Building).

Student Clubs & Organizations

Why wait until you get your first job to put your new skills to use? There are many opportunities to get involved in clubs & organizations on-campus. Joining a club will enable you to explore your interests, meet new people, try out new things, and have fun! Plus, these activities look great on future job applications and resumes.


Service Learning is a great way to develop transferable skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving, while making a positive impact on the community. Students can volunteer in the local community to gain real-world experience, exploring career options, and networking. Ready to get started? Search for volunteer opportunities on Handshake.


The Alumni Office provides several career-oriented services to connect students and alumni with professional growth opportunities. Use NECC Connect to ask questions and get career advice from NECC’s alumni network. Join our alumni group on LinkedIn to network, access job postings, and hear about upcoming events.

Work Study

Eligible students may qualify through Financial Aid for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. This federally-funded student employment program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Students may work on–campus or off–campus with federal, state, or local public agencies or private non-profit organizations.

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