hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

August 29, 2013

NECC honors program 15 years old and growing

Has more students than ever before

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — At nearly 15 years old, the Honors Experience is growing at Northern Essex Community College, with more students enrolling in honors classes and graduating from the program than ever before.

A dozen NECC graduates completed the honors program this spring — about double the graduates from previous years, said English Professor Ginger Hurajt, coordinator of the honors program.

About 85 students actively participated in the program last academic year. NECC stepped up its outreach to students through social media, personal letters, and encouraging honors students to present their honors projects so other students will be exposed to them.

Why should students consider taking honors courses or enrolling in the honors program?

“Without question, for scholarship,” Hurajt said. “Our honors students have historically received some terrific scholarships.”

Hurajt said some students do just one honors course or project without committing to the honors program. That course receives honors designation on the student’s transcript.

Students in the Honors Program also participate in an Honors Community Service Learning Activity, and have volunteered for hospices, veterans centers and homeless shelters.

The Honors Experience has full status as a Commonwealth Honors Program, which guarantees transfer to a Massachusetts four-year state college or university honors programs upon acceptance to that institution.

Students who complete all of the Honors Experience requirements receive special recognition at graduation and a Commonwealth Honors Scholar seal on their diploma. For more information, visit online at www.necc.mass.edu.