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February 20, 2014

NECC helps another adult change his life's path

Northern Essex Community College is in the process of writing another success story.

It is the latest of many such tales that have unfolded over the years.

There have been stories of middle-aged people who decided to change careers or were forced out of jobs due to layoffs. At NECC, they found a way to reinvent themselves, to be trained in another field and even placed in a new job.

There are tales of high school graduates undecided about their future, uncertain if college will work for them. Rather than risking tens of thousands of dollars in tuition at a four-year college, they chose NECC.

There, they spent far less money and were able to try out a couple of classes, rather than book a full schedule. It was a safe way to take a test run at higher education.

The latest NECC success story involves an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. (See story, Page 1.)

When Angel Augusto came to the United States and settled in the Merrimack Valley, he knew very little English. He worked in a factory and a sandwich shop as he learned the language.

Now, with a solid command of English, Augusto, 28, is taking art and design classes at NECC. He wants to develop the natural art ability he showed in his native country and turn it into a career here.

He has received rave reviews from his teachers, especially for his award-winning entry in a design contest sponsored by NECC. The school was looking for an image reflecting the success that so many students find at NECC.

Augusto entered a design featuring a graduating student grasping his diploma and looking like he was ready to march forward toward the world’s challenges. It worked. Augusto took first place.

The college is mass producing T-shirts displaying the image in hopes it inspires students to work toward their goals.

Augusto already has the inspiration and the educational surroundings to make his career hopes become reality. It didn’t cost him much money and was available close to home.

All thanks to this community college in Haverhill.

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