Admissions

NECC recruits students in many ways including visits to area high schools, adult learning centers, community based organizations, and campus tours. Admissions also holds weekly information sessions on the Haverhill campus and Lawrence campus. During these information sessions Admissions Counselors explain the process of admission, financial aid, registration and assessment to prospective students.

The NECC Admissions Team would like to talk with you just as much as you would like to talk with them! Feel free to send over a question about starting your next educational opportunity at NECC.


Daniel Richer

Director of Recruitment and Admission
Phone: 978-556-3608

Danny joined the Northern Essex Community College community in 2016 and has been in both public and Catholic higher education since 2001, with experience in residence life, student affairs, and undergraduate enrollment.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from Providence College and a Master of Arts degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.  Danny is passionate about students persisting to their graduation and is eager to help throughout the admission process.


Izabela Iem

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 978-556-3726


Jill Palermo

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 978-556-3735

Jill has been at NECC for 10 years. She began working at the Welcome Express in Haverhill in 2005 greeting students and visitors, and moved to the Admissions & Recruitment Team in 2008. Jill continues to be one of the first points of contact for new NECC students. Jill loves seeing students from their first day on campus through their journey to graduation. In her spare time, Jill can be found near the ocean or the lake, spending time with family and friends, and making the most of every moment.


Thomas Ortiz

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 978-655-5901

Thomas started working in the Admission Department at NECC during the Summer 2016. Thomas developed a passion for higher education student affairs during his undergraduate years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). As a first generation student at UMass, he noticed the value and the positive impact that mentorship can have on a student’s college experience. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he served four years of active duty in the United States Air Force as an Operations Intelligence Analyst. After his service, Thomas completed his Masters in Education, Higher Education Student Affairs, from Salem State University. Other than education, Thomas has a passion for health and fitness and always enjoys a good physical challenge!


Vengerflutta Smith

Admissions Counselor
Phone: 978-556-3444

Haverhill · 100 Elliott Street · Haverhill, MA 01830 · 978-556-3000
Lawrence · 45 Franklin Street, 78 Amesbury Street, 414 Common Street, 420 Common Street · Lawrence, MA 01840
Riverwalk · 360 Merrimack Street · Lawrence, MA 01843

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