Northern Essex Community College

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Program Overview

The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) Program at Northern Essex Community College provides dual enrollment opportunities for students, ages 18-21, with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder, to participate in an inclusive college experience. Students have the opportunity to take college courses, for credit or audit, at Northern Essex Community College at either the Haverhill or Lawrence campuses.

The MAICEI program is supported by a state-funded grant awarded to Northern Essex Community College.

For more information, contact:

Lisa DeVita
Coordinator, MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative
The Learning Accommodations Center
Northern Essex Community College
Behrakis One-Stop Student Services Center, SC-111
100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-556-3646
FAX:  978-556-3168

Student Spotlight: Tyler Messineo

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Tyler is participating in his second semester as a student in the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative, MAICEI, at Northern Essex Community College, NECC.  Tyler is also a student at Methuen High School.  Tyler is truly enjoying his classes and experience at NECC, when asked about the MAICEI program, Tyler responds, “It’s a great program!” 

Tyler says that having the opportunity to come to NECC and be with his peers is one of the best parts.  He is enrolled in an Art course this Fall, Painting I.  Tyler enjoys painting and drawing and wanted the opportunity to learn more about painting, “My painting skills have gotten better already.”  Currently, Tyler is learning about shape, content, shadowing, value and light in his Painting class.  Last semester Tyler was enrolled in First Year Seminar.  The First Year Seminar introduces strategies for personal, academic and professional success. The content focuses on strengths and self-advocacy, critical thinking, goal setting and problem solving, communication, and study skills. Additionally, class activities promote teamwork and a sense of community at NECC. 

Tyler’s First Year Seminar Professor Eldiane Elmeus, shares that, “My MAICEI students are a joy to have. They have built great relationships with the other members of the class. They regularly volunteer to discuss class material. They have become an integral part of the class.“

Tyler frequently utilizes the campus resources at NECC, working out in the Sport and Fitness Center and browsing books and DVD’s in the Bentley Library.  This semester Tyler began an internship in the NECC Library and he is very excited about this new opportunity, “The internship is going great!”  Tyler has also worked in the community at a local Boys and Girls Club.  In the future, Tyler would like to continue attending NECC to further his education and work in the community.

Campus Overview

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At Northern Essex Community College, our mission is to educate and inspire our students to succeed.  We are committed to unlocking the potential within each student and to empowering our diverse community of learners to meet their individual goals.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, MA, Northern Essex serves more than 6,000 students, a third of whom are Hispanic. We offer over 70 degree and certificate programs preparing students for transfer to a four-year college or university or to enter the workforce. We also provide a full range of support services including career planning and advising, financial aid assistance, veteran’s services, tutoring services, support for students with disabilities, child care and more.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to fully engaging our students as active learners by providing a diverse range of educational experiences.  We are a community college dedicated to creating vibrant and innovative opportunities that encourage excellence and enhance the cultural and economic life of our region.