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: Emely

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Emely is in her second semester as a student in the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) at Northern Essex Community College (NECC). Emely is also a student at Lawrence High School where she participates in the LIFE 2 program. She is truly enjoying her classes and experience at NECC. When asked about the MAICEI program, Emely responded, “I feel excited about going to college. I like my art class and feel inspired by the art work that I do.”

Emely has interest in Art and Dancing; she enjoys drawing animals and is involved in a local Anime Club and Dance Club. In her first semester, Emely audited an Art class, Drawing I. Drawing I is an introduction to the problems, techniques, and materials of drawing. Each class project focuses on a different aspect of visual perception, composition, and artists' materials. In her second semester, Emely is enrolled in Painting I. Painting I introduces the problems, techniques and materials of Painting. Each class project focuses on a different aspect of visual perception, composition and artists' materials.

According to Emely’s Drawing I professor, “It has been a pleasure having Emely in my class and I look forward to having more students from your program.”

Emely has been utilizing the campus resources at NECC such as accessing the Bentley Library and working with the Learning Accommodations Center. Emely has had a variety of internships in her community. She has an internship in her high school Salad Bar and School Store. In these internships, Emely washes, cuts and prepares vegetables for salads that are sold and delivered to high school staff. She also conducts monetary transactions. Emely has interned at Ironstone Farm in Andover where she brushes, saddles and prepares the horses to be mounted for students with disabilities in hippotherapy.

She also sidewalks with the horses to ensure the safety of the rider. Emely has interned at the Lawrence Senior Center where she plates and serves meals to visiting seniors during lunch and at the Lazarus House Family Shelter where she prepared fifty bagged lunches for distribution to the homeless. In the future, Emely plans to work in her 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.