by Northern Essex Community College
A Northern Essex Community College program that assists local immigrants, who already hold college or high school diplomas from other countries, reach their professional potential, has been nominated by Congresswoman Lori Trahan for an Examples of Excelencia Award.
“Programa Internacional de Educación Superior Latinos de Northern Essex Community College” (PIÉS Latinos de NECC) which started in 2016 with 98 students, currently has 270 students currently matriculating.
The program was created to empower the diverse community of learners in the Merrimack Valley. Specifically, it addresses the well-documented issue of “brain waste”. This means college-educated and highly-skilled immigrants are working in low-wage, low-skill jobs, because their degrees and certifications from educational institutions in foreign countries are not readily recognized.