EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 4, 2014

NECC to hold open house at health and technology center

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE - The community is invited to tour Northern Essex Community College’s newest facility, the El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, located at 414 Common Street in Lawrence, on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The $27.4 million El Hefni Health and Technology Center houses the majority of the college’s more than 20 health care associate degrees and certificates, including respiratory care, sleep technology, emergency medical technology, and nursing.

The 44,000 square foot facility features a Health Education Simulation Center, where health care students receive hands-on experience in simulated environments such as a hospital intensive care unit, a trauma room, an acute care hospital room, an apartment, an ambulance, and a doctor’s office. The building also includes classrooms and computer labs and a Career Planning and Advising Center where students will receive academic and career counseling.

At the open house, visitors can tour the building and learn about academic programs and financial aid options.

Architects Miller Dyer Spears—who also designed the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill Campus—designed the three-story contemporary structure, featuring sleek silver accents. It is a silver LEED project that takes full advantage of the sun as a source of energy.

Man who swam English Channel guest speaker at ZAC camp

LAWRENCE - Kim Garbarino is a lifelong swimmer whose involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs dates back to the 1970s, when he trained under coach Tony Pavone on the Golden Gloves boxing team in his native Lynn.

On April 25, the 56-year-old Winthrop resident will attempt to inspire a new generation with his story of goal-setting and perseverance in swimming the English Channel when he visits the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. Garbarino, a former social worker who has been a probation officer at Lynn District Court since 2001, will be the featured guest during the closing ceremony of the ZAC Camp sponsored by Connecticut-based water safety organization The ZAC Foundation.

Registration for the free ZAC Camp, for ages 6 to 9, is free and open to the public. The ZAC Camp is part of a national, two-year-old partnership initiative undertaken by The ZAC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring lifesaving water-safety skills to thousands of youth nationwide.

The Foundation was established by Karen and Brian Cohn in memory of their son, 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn, who drowned in a drain entrapment in 2007.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause in children 5-14. Risk of drowning is highest in minority populations. In addition, the springtime timing of the ZAC Camp is critical in Lawrence, due to the proximity of the Merrimack River and recent history.

In December 2002, seven BGCL youth members strayed from a path on their way home and ventured onto the thin ice. They fell through, and four of the friends drowned. In May 2010, a 13-year-old BGCL member drowned in the Merrimack River when he swam further than his friends and was pulled under by a current that proved too strong.

Registration is open for the BGCL ZAC Camp, which runs from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The ZAC Camp will conclude with a special awards ceremony – which is open to campers, family, and friends – from 12 to 1 p.m.

To register for the BGCL ZAC Camp, call (978) 683-2747. For more information, visit www.lawrencebgc.com.