In back, from left, Grace Young, dean of academic support services, articulation and transfer; Noemi Custodia-Lora, executive director of the Lawrence Campus and community relations; and Marcy Yeager, interim director, Northern Essex Cultural and International Studies Institute. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. HAVERHILL — The University of West London’s impressive list of graduates includes musicians such as Pete Townshend of the Who, the late Freddie Mercury of Queen, and several recent finalists on The X Factor, England’s wildly popular television talent show. Soon, some Northern Essex Community College students may be added to the mix. Northern Essex and the University of West London recently signed an articulation and study-abroad agreement that will allow NECC students to study for one or two semesters at the British university or transfer to the university’s Bachelor Degree programs after graduating with an Associate Degree from NECC. The two colleges are also exploring opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges and online partnerships. NECC President Lane Glenn met with Professor Peter John, vice chancellor of the university, recently to sign the articulation agreement, which is NECC’s second international articulation agreement. The first was signed with Bath Spa University in England, which welcomed its first group of NECC students this fall. Located in the West End of London, which is the heart of London’s creative district, UWL is well-known for its Performing Arts programs and offers a large Business school and degrees in Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Art and Photography, Communications, and Engineering. NECC and UWL have developed articulation agreements in all of those areas, meaning that after graduation from NECC, students can transfer to UWL and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in two years. “The majority of our students are first-generation college students, and their biggest concern is finding a job after graduation,” he said.
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