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July 19, 2012

Editorial: By the numbers, NECC is a success story

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This is an advantage for today's students, many of who are working while attending school and may need more than the standard four years to earn a degree, said Glenn.

NECC also knows that many of its students are not interested in transferring to a four-year school and instead aim to enter the working world. NECC has for years offered numerous certificate and degree programs geared to prepare students for specific occupations.

Under Glenn, it has partnered with Whittier Regional Tech and Greater Lawrence Tech to offer college-level classes in machine tools technology (with Whittier) and auto technician training (with Greater Lawrence).

"Employers in those trades are changing and looking for education beyond high school," Glenn said.

One indication of NECC's own success is a measure called the student success rate. It shows the percentage of students who have earned a degree, gone on to a four-year college or are on track to do so. This year the number was 78 percent, up from 75 percent a year ago. Glenn's oal is to raise it to 84 percent.

Given the fact that almost half of four-year college students never graduate, those are impressive numbers.

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