“Northern Essex is less expensive, yet the quality is much the same,’’ Jovic said. “It really comes down to how much you are willing to study.’’
He took her advice and enrolled at NECC — and she took his heart. They married and both continued taking classes at Northern Essex. She continued to work at Beverly Hospital and he, an electrical engineering student who reads Dostoyevsky, was hired as a test technician at BAE, a developer of defense, security and aerospace systems, in Nashua, N.H.
Zuleyka hopes to enter a nursing program, having already completed all her prerequisite classes. While she waits, she is taking additional math and science classes which she can apply toward a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
Less determined college students might be intimidated by parenthood, but the Jovics welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Eridana, this summer and are undeterred in their quest to earn an education and create careers.
“While working at BAE, I continue to develop my experience, which will go a long way when I start working toward my bachelor’s degree,’’ Jovic said.
Once Jovic graduates with his associate’s degree from NECC, he will be elevated to engineering assistant at BAE. While he believes that all engineering jobs have a “cool factor,’’ Jovic said his “ideal’’ job is field engineer — a position he aspires to and one he hopes will involve travel.
Though currently on maternity leave, Zuleyka, will return to work and school in September in her quest to eventually become a certified, nurse mid-wife.
Both are members of the NECC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society, and Jovic serves as the student representative on the NECC Alumni Association Board. He also worked for a semester as a Supplemental Instructor in a math classroom. He said it is a position that helped him with his own communication and social skills, talents that have proved invaluable in the work place.