Governor Baker Recognizes NECC Students During Address
by Ellen Small-Davis, Northern Essex Community College
Five Northern Essex Community College Promise Program students attended Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night at the Massachusetts State House.
The group broke into smiles when the Governor introduced them during his remarks. Talking about education reform, Baker highlighted successful initiatives such as “gifted and talented programs, acceleration academies, parental outreach, applied learning opportunities, longer school days, and early college programs” that have “helped students find their footing.”
Speaking of Lawrence’s Early College partnerships, Baker said “Dozens earned full scholarships at area colleges. Joining us today are 11 of them, 6 from Merrimack College and 5 from Northern Essex Community College.”
The students attended the annual event, which was televised, and were seated in the visitors’ gallery with Massachusetts State Education Commissioner Jeff Riley, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, and Lawrence Superintendent of Schools Cynthia Paris.
The Lawrence High School (LHS) alumni participated in NECC’s Early College Program while attending LHS. They are all now enrolled at NECC under the Promise Program, which supports Early College students who attend NECC after graduating from high school to pursue a degree or certificate.