NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.


Student holds award certificate

Observer alum wins award

Former Observer Editor-in-Chief / Sports Editor Jose Rodriguez shows off the second place award for College Rising Star from the New England Newspaper and Press Association he received May 6 in Waltham. 22-year-old Jose Rodriguez  is a journalism graduate of Northern Essex Community College who is now pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Salem State University, where he is majoring in Media and Communication minoring in Journalism. Rodriguez is the former Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor of…

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Peace Poetry contest poster

Peace Poetry contest winners celebrated

At NECC’s Haverhill campus Tech Building the 15th Annual Peace Poetry contest was held the night of May 4. The contestants’ ages ranged from first graders to college students with three top place winners for each age category. Brought together for the first. time in perso since the 2020 pandemic which had separated and isolated so many. Judges included students in Northern Essex’s English Composition I and II a well as Children’s Literature course during…

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Haverhill High students rave about NECC's Early College program

Northern Essex Community College offers an early college program to high school students who are looking to get a jump start to college while still in high school. High school students take classes at NECC during their regular school week that will not only satisfy their high school graduation requirements, but can transfer as college credits for a degree as well. This program offers a handful of benefits, such as granting MassTransfer credits with flexible courses, and giving students a significant tuition reduction. Other than granting college credit for a low price, the early college program offers a lot of opportunities that are beneficial to students looking to further their education after high school. The program teaches students to develop effective study habits, as well as essential skills to being successful in college. It also gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of career options, all while preparing early on for college. Riley Militello, a sophomore at University of New Hampshire, says that he enjoyed the program while attending Timberlane Regional High School, and he found that it had positively impacted his academic career. “They helped me a ton with college in the sense that I knew how…

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News Bytes

Course offers glimpse into world of graphic novels

Every few semesters at Northern Essex, a Graphic Novel class is offered to students who are looking for a class to fill a writing intensive course requirement.  Over the course of the semester, students will be required to read graphic novels and complete responses in which they will bring into…

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NECC Public Safety hosts Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training

NECC Public Safety Officer Peter Sheldon stands in front of a classroom with desks and whiteboard in it.

The NECC Public Safety recently held a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training for college staff. Officer Peter Sheldon led the CRASE workshop. Officer Peter Sheldon has been with Northern Essex since August 2022. Before joining the Northern Essex Community College Police Department, Sheldon served as a detective and…

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Hurricane Diane draws a crowd

Poster for play Hurricane Diane with photo of actresses and white text saying Hurricane Diane

NECC theater recently presented the play Hurricane Diane. If Mother Nature had not had a different agenda, the NECC theater program would’ve had their spring play outside, but instead, on a gloomy Sunday the location changed and Hurricane Diane was brought inside to the theater in the Spurk building. However,…

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Nakia Richardson meets virtually with NECC students

Nakia Richardson recently did a virtual zoom meet on Thursday April 14, with the principles of public relations class, along with other students and staff who also attended in the Center for Liberal Arts. The virtual visit was similar to Genesis Garcia’s virtual Zoom visit which occurred a couple weeks…

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NECC Cabaret

NECC held its 24th Cabaret on April 5. The event featured performances by students from the music program at NECC. The event went from 7-9 p.m. and served refreshments as well. The event was put together by Professor Alisa Bucchiere who has hosted all 24 of the cabarets. The event…

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Spring semester 2023 draws to an end

Spring flowers on the Haverhill campus of NECC

The spring college semester is always an exciting time of year, and nowhere is that more evident than at Northern Essex Community College (NECC). As the days grow longer and warmer, students and faculty alike are filled with a sense of anticipation as they prepare to wrap up the academic…

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Featured Articles

Students and faculty opposed to removal of student resources coordinator position Faculty and students hold signs at a Board of Trustees meeting.

College administrators have proposed eliminating the position of Civic Engagement, Service-Learning, and Community Resources Coordinator. Since 2015, working on developing plans for increasing student civic engagement, creating alliances with organizations to help students experiencing food, clothing and housing insecurity, advocating for paid-internship student programs, adjunct professor and licensed social worker Janel D’Agata-Lynch has been the civic Engagement, Service-Learning, and Community Resources Coordinator, but her position could be terminated on May 12. Retrenchment describes a situation in which someone loses their job because their employer does not need them, according to Collins Dictionary. This is D’Agata-Lynch’s current situation. Many students, faculty and staff are concerned with this decision by the administration and are looking for solutions. According to the agreement between MCCC and the Massachusetts Board…

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Alum talks business, shares advice for entrepreneurs Man stands in front audience sitting at desks and presents.

NECC alum Travis Jacobs, who graduated in 1998, founder and managing partner at The Jacobs Law LLC, came back to his alma mater to share his knowledge and experience as a lawyer specialist in business law and litigations with entrepreneurial students, on March 23. As part of the BizTalks series, an event called “The Legal Side of Business” was held at the Business and Professional Studies Center, in Spurk – C building, Haverhill campus. After years of studies and exercising in the legal field focusing on representing small businesses and entrepreneurs, Jacobs has been selected by Boston Magazine to its inaugural list of 2021 Top Boston Lawyers for Civil litigation. After navigating the traffic from his Boston-based The Jacobss Law firm, the awarded lawyer made…

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Helping pollinators: Eco-art project ready to fly A group of people hold butterfy paintings.

Plant Paint Cross Pollinate recently touched down on the Lawrence campus. The positive environmental art project landed at the new art gallery in the Fournier building on Amesbury Street on Feb. 19. Students, faculty and members of the public learned about the importance of Monarch butterflies as pollinators. They planted native seeds which they took home to start their own eco-garden to attract pollinators. Participants also painted native flowers on wooden canvas with the shape of native butterflies which will be part of an itinerant art expo throughout the Merrimack Valley. The event was a fully enriched hands-on learning experience. Jenn Houle, the creative mind and leader of this project, is an adjunct professor in the Art & Design Department. She introduced the audience to…

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