A new joint admissions agreement between Northern Essex Community College and Regis College, which improves the transfer process between the two institutions, was celebrated during a signing ceremony Tuesday. Upon acceptance to Northern Essex, students who opt into joint admissions on their application will also be conditionally accepted to Regis. Regis College President Antoinette Hays, Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn and leaders from both institutions gathered at Northern Essex’s Lawrence campus. “Agreements like these make the transfer process transparent, simple and affordable,” Glenn said, adding, “This partnership will increase access to bachelor’s degrees, which, in turn, will lead to economic growth and quality of life improvements for the communities we serve”
Upon completion of their associate degree, joint admissions students from NECC who meet academic requirements will be able to transfer to Regis seamlessly. They will also have access to register for their first semester on the same date as current Regis students with 60 or more credits.
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and Veterans Northeast Outreach Center are developing a partnership to assist area veterans. Whittier Superintendent Maureen Lynch said a recent school visit was coordinated by Vocational Coordinator Paul Moskevitz and involved Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Outreach Coordinator Jim Behen and various Whittier Tech instructors, including HVAC Instructor Scott Marchand, Auto Body Instructors Paul Debenedictis and Steve Polidoro, Auto Tech Instructor Gene Thomas, Marine Tech Instructor Mike Murray, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor Bruce Boisselle and Plumbing Instructor Eli Roy. “Anything we can do to help veterans, we would love to help out,” said Debenedictis. As a result of the visit, Veterans Northeast found a match with Whittier’s Auto Body, Auto Tech, Marine Tech and Plumbing programs, among others, with a goal to assist local veterans—some of which are retired, living with disabilities and/or are on social security—with services to help ease the financial burden. Behen’s background in vocational education inspired the idea for this partnership.
Northern Essex Community College head men’s soccer coach Eusebio Marote on Friday was named the Matt Cushing College Coach of the Year by the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association. The award is named in honor of the former Wheaton College coach who passed away in 2017. Marote becomes the first community college coach to the win the award. Marote was presented with the award at the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association High School All-Star games at Concord-Carlisle High School after leading the Knights to their most successful season. He’s led the program since it was reestablished in 2019 and the Knights finished the 2023 with an 11-3-1 record, including earning the top seed in the regional and district tournaments with a 7-0-1 record.
The first students who will attend the new Dr. Albert B. Consentino School when it opens in 2026 were among those in attendance Monday morning for ceremonies marking the official start of construction. Consentino School Principal Richard Poor, who served as master of ceremonies for the chilly outdoor event, made note of the students as he welcomed city and state officials, including Massachusetts School Building Authority CEO James A. MacDonald. “I’d like to give a special shout out to our fifth graders—all 225 of them—who will likely be the first class to occupy the new Consentino School,” Poor said, followed by cheers and loud applause. Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who thanked mayor-elect Melinda E. Barrett and other local elected leaders as well as the city’s legislative delegation for their support, also directed his remarks to students. “Mostly, I want to thank you kids.
Haverhill Promise is being honored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with Pacesetter Honors for its 2022-23 work. Haverhill Promise Executive Director Jessica Kallin said Monday the award recognizes the group’s partnership with Book Buddies. “Through our collaborative efforts, Haverhill Promise has worked to increase engagement in our community to collectively promote literacy and foster meaningful relationships,” she said. “Our partnership with Book Buddies has underscored the transformative power of fostering intergenerational connections through the shared joy of reading. With the support of nearly 500 volunteers in Haverhill and our wonderful teachers and schools, we can pave the path for a brighter future, one handwritten letter and book at a time.”
Haverhill Book Buddies founder Matt Webel added, “In three short years, Book Buddies has shattered our expectations.
Watch out for that turkey! Pentucket Regional Middle High School is having its first Turkey Toss tomorrow with students, staff and public safety teams all competing for Turkey Toss trophies. The event, which concludes the school’s Spirit Week, features three rounds of toss and catch with a 10-pound turkey. Participants will be scored on the farthest throw and a successful catch. Afterward, all turkeys will be donated to a local food pantry following the event.
The recent request for a mediator to resolve contract negotiations between the Haverhill and educational support professionals brought condemnation last night of those who would bring a School Committee member’s disabled son into the fray. As WHAV reported first, School Committee negotiators sent the request to the state Department of Labor Relations once it appeared the two sides had reached an impasse in negotiations. Haverhill Education Association President Barry Davis accused School Committee negotiators Richard J. Rosa and Gail M. Sullivan of not bringing that decision to the entire School Committee beforehand. He also charged them with having a personal agenda to beat the union. Davis continued to express his dissatisfaction with the decision at last night’s meeting.
Northern Essex Community College is among state public colleges and universities hailing an expansion of student financial aid following Gov. Maura Healey administration’s Wednesday launch of the MASSGrant Plus Expansion program. Not including room and board, MASSGrant Plus Expansion will cover the total cost of tuition and fees for Pell Grant-eligible students, including, for the first time, the federal government-determined expected family contribution and an additional allowance of up to $1,200 for books and supplies. Just shortly after the state announcement at Salem State University, Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn told members of the college’s NECC Foundation that, while “Our lowest income students are already covered. This benefits students in the next bracket up. This will fill in some of the gaps,” he said.