1960: The Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges (MBRCC) decided to establish a Community College in Haverhill, the name Northern Essex Community College was agreed upon and became the second of what would become fifteen community colleges in the state.
1961: NECC's first semester began, with classes primarily at the Greenleaf School in Bradford, MA.
1963: The first official class of 186 students graduates from NECC.
1967: Land was purchased on Kenoza lake, and ground breaking on new campus in Haverhill began.
1971: The new Haverhill campus officially opened in September.
1975: Founding President Harold Bentley retired and John R. Dimitry became the college's second president. A collective bargaining agreement emerged with faculty and professional staff.
1980: The Massachusetts Board of Community Colleges (MBRCC) was dissolved and replaced with a Board of Regents.
1984: NECC expands to into Lawrence, Massachusetts with the Lawrence Educational Employment Project (LEEP), classes were held at various locations in the city including: Central Catholic High School, Lawrence High School, the Grace Episcopal Church, and the Lawrence Public Library.
1988: The All College Council was established.
1991: What is now referred to as the Dimitry Building on the Lawrence Campus was donated by the Prudential Insurance Company of America. The Dimitry Building became the first permanent campus presence in Lawrence.
2011: The Hartleb Technology Center opens on the Haverhill Campus. David Hartleb retires as College President followed by Lane Glenn.
2013: The Ibrahim El Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center opens on the Lawrence Campus, housing many of the colleges core Health Science programs and facilities.
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