- Founded in 1961
- 60+ degree and certificate programs
- 12 Varsity sports
- 20+ Student clubs
- 18 Average class size
The mission of Northern Essex Community College is to educate and inspire our students to succeed. We provide a welcoming environment focused on teaching and learning—strongly committed to unlocking the potential within each student and empowering our diverse community of learners to meet their individual goals. 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.
The heart of the college is our over 60 academic programs taught by gifted and dedicated faculty whose greatest reward is seeing their students succeed in the classroom and in their careers. These programs are offered at our campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and online; we want to meet our students where they are, making learning accessible.
Some of our most popular programs are health care, liberal arts, criminal justice, business, computer science, and engineering, and we have options for students who are looking for immediate employment as well as those who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university.
Because we know that for most of our students finding a rewarding career is a priority, we have a very robust Career Services Center that helps students explore career options, hone their job search skills, and land internships.
At Northern Essex, we go beyond traditional higher education as well, developing programs and courses, both credit and noncredit, in partnership with area employers. Last year thousands of individuals took noncredit courses with us, ranging from workplace ESL to supervisory skills, on their own or through their employers. Our faculty are willing to travel and some companies—Raytheon, for example—offer credit programs to their employees at their workplace.
Lane Glenn, Ph.D.
Dr. Lane A. Glenn has been president of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since 2011.
He is focused on student success and passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college. In addition, he is a strong advocate for colleges and universities as engines of economic and workforce development—particularly in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.
An avid runner, Dr. Glenn leads the NECC President’s Running Club which runs on the campus every week and is open to students, faculty, and staff of all running abilities.
Dr. Glenn earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University.
He is proud to say he got his start at a community college: Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
100 Elliot Street
Haverhill MA 01830
45 Franklin Street
Lawrence, MA 01840