NECC offers new certificate program for adults seeking work

Thanks to a grant from the US Department of LaborNorthern Essex Community College is offering a new program for unemployed and underemployed adults who want to prepare for careers in high-demand technology and health care fields. The college has scheduled an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for those interested in the program at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St. in Lawrence. Through the new program, certificates can be completed at the college in as little as eight months. The curriculum will focus on the workplace, including an internship. Students can take advantage of a college and career navigator who will assist them with the college process and facilitate access to services, including financial aid, tutoring, and advising. A new group of students will start every eight weeks, with the next group starting Oct. 29. Certificates in help desk and computer applications are offered this fall. In 2013, medical coding and billing will be added. “This grant is helping us reshape our academic programs,’’ said Megan Shea, project director. “It is designed to help students, especially clients of our one-stop career centers, gain a foothold in the job market.’’ The $20 million federal grant was awarded to the Massachusetts Community College System. For more information, contact Renee Deyermond, college and career navigator, at 978-659-1223 or [email protected]

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