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  • Year Founded: 1965 
  •  Academic Degree and Certificate Open Enrollment Programs: 56 
  • Academic Degree and Certificate Special Admissions Programs: 14 
  • Average Student Age: 26 
  • 92% of alumni live and work in 22 cities and towns surrounding NSCC
  • 60% of NSCC students are the first in their families to attend college 
  • $280,000 in scholarships awarded to 257 students for 2020-21 academic year 
  • 88% of career and technical program graduates report employment within 3 months 
  • Types of Courses: Online, hybrid and face-to-face 


North Shore Community College is a diverse, caring, inclusive community that inspires our students to become engaged citizens and to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals through accessible, affordable, rigorous educational opportunities that are aligned with our region’s workforce needs and will prepare them for life in a changing world.

North Shore Community College is a beacon of hope and opportunity for those who learn, live and work on Massachusetts North Shore. The College creates responsive partnerships and collaborations to make a positive difference for residents. By providing an educated and innovative workforce, North Shore Community College contributes to the economic vitality and resiliency of the Commonwealth.

Our campuses, curriculum, and resources are designed to provide pathways for all to access affordable higher education. Pathways include:

President William A. HeinemanPresident
William A. Heineman, Ed.D.

Dr. William A. Heineman became North Shore Community College’s fifth President on July 6, 2021. He previously held the position of Provost at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill/Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has worked in the Massachusetts Community College system for 25 years as faculty (both DCE and Day), administrator, and held executive leadership positions of Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice President of Academic Affairs. His work has always focused on improving the experience of students and innovation in education. He has notable accomplishments in academic program development, competency-based education, online learning, open educational resources, community partnerships, designing holistic approaches to student success, and managing people and resources.

Dr. Heineman has played a leadership role and participated in an array of educational and community organizations. He served as a board member of both the National Council of Instructional Administrators and the Teaching Academic Survival and Success Conference. He serves as an accreditation site visitor for the New England Commission of Higher Education and chaired the Massachusetts Community College Chief Academic Officers council.

Dr. Heineman earned his EdD from the University of Massachusetts Boston where his dissertation research focused on the use of data in decision making about online distance education in community colleges. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA in History from the University of Rochester. He participated in the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leadership, the American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute, and the Massachusetts Community College Leadership Academy.

Bill and his wife Linda have two adult daughters, and enjoy travel and the beach.

Follow President Heineman on Twitter: @NSCCPREZBILL



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