In the Merrimack Valley ~ UMass Lowell to Co-habit at NECC

For a while now UMass Lowell has been seeking a downtown Haverhill location for a satellite campus. With recent proposals not meeting its criteria, UML Chancellor Marty Meehan has entered into a partnership with Northern Essex Community College to offer bachelor’s degree courses at NECC’s Haverhill campus in time for the opening of the Fall semester. University officials will continue to seek downtown Haverhill space but will continue its NECC association. In today’s Eagle-Tribune staff writer  Shawn Regan gives an update.

We are pleased that we can begin making a high-quality UMass Lowell education available in Haverhill as soon as September,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “We have worked successfully with Northern Essex for years to help their graduates make a smooth transition to continue their education on our campus and now we can say that will be even easier.”

Meehan stressed the university is “totally committed” to finding a site downtown for a temporary satellite campus and then eventually a larger, permanent campus there.

“We wouldn’t be going to Northern Essex if we weren’t totally committed to downtown,” Meehan said. “The reason we are going to Northern Essex now is to begin to grow a program so we have the enrollments and structure in place for a larger site downtown.”

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