hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

September 5, 2013

College honors workers

Co-workers call Northern Essex employees effective, courteous

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — They are passionate about their work, successful at what they do, always willing to take on new challenges.

That is how co-workers described three Northern Essex Community College workers who received the school’s employee recognition award for the third quarter of 2013.

Honored were: Linda Fagan of Plaistow, N.H.; Perry Lara of Dover, N.H.; and Ricardo “Danny” Rivera of Manchester, N.H.

The award recognizes the many and varied contributions of the college’s nearly 700 employees. Employees are selected each quarter of the year, based on recommendations from supervisors and co-workers. Recipients receive a $150 certificate to the restaurant or mall of his or her choice.

Here is why they won:

Fagan, an administrative assistant for NECC’s Division of Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences for just one year, was nominated by her colleagues who praised her high work standards, service-oriented approach to the job, and a friendly, cooperative and courteous manner.

“She brings a positive and can-do attitude to her work and manages complex organizational tasks competently and with apparent ease,” the workers wrote in their recommendation.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Southern New Hampshire College.

Lara has also worked at the college for just one year, as a research assistant. She was nominated by Ellen Wentland, associate dean of academic and institutional effectiveness, who lauded Lara for her strong desire to learn and grow in her position.

“She regularly tackles projects that require acquiring additional skills, and welcomes opportunities to expand her competencies and to become involved in challenging projects,” Wentland wrote.

Lara holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and psychology from Salem State University and a master of education degree in school counseling from the University of West Alabama.

Rivera is a systems analyst in the college’s Informational Technology Network Operations Center. He began working at NECC as a work study student, quickly progressing through the ranks. He was nominated by several of his colleagues who cited his commitment to staff, faculty and students. They praised him as a great co-worker and troubleshooter who is passionate about his work.

He earned his associate of science degree in electronic technology: computer networking engineering from NECC and a bachelor of science degree in management and management information systems from UMass Lowell.