EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 9, 2013

Open house Thursday for two NECC health care programs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — An open house for Northern Essex Community College’s medical laboratory technology degree program and the ophthalmic assistant certificate program will be held Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the iHealth Room, 52 Franklin St.

Following a group welcome, there will be a breakout session for the each of the two health care programs.

Individuals interested in a career in health care should consider attending this event which is free and open to the public.

NECC began offering an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology last fall. Medical laboratory technicians perform and report laboratory testing and work in hospitals, physician’s offices, and clinical laboratories.

The nine-month ophthalmic certificate was created after conferring with the offices of area ophthalmologists, surgeons who specialize in eye care. It will begin to be offered this fall. Ophthalmic assistants gather medical histories, conduct vision tests, coordinate patient schedules, and assist eye doctors with various procedural and clerical duties. They work in a variety of health care settings including ophthalmologist’s offices, hospitals, and clinics.

Both programs are offered as hybrid programs – with courses both online and in the classroom.

For additional information contact Linda Comeau at lcomeau@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7408 or visit www.necc.mass.edu

Music for a spring afternoon

ANDOVER — As part of the continuing Cultural Series at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Wendy Heckman and pianist Carolyn Skelton will present Music for a Spring Afternoon on Monday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m.

The vocal selections will include classical pieces by Purcell, Handel, and Mozart along with arrangements of traditional folk songs, spirituals, and Broadway show tunes. Pieces by Haydn and Brahms will be featured as piano solos. Come and enjoy this varied program as we celebrate Earth Day and the arrival of spring. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5. Pre-registration is required. Call the Center at 978-623-8321.

No-Tanning Pledge Day at North Andover High

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover High School health office is having a No-Tanning Pledge Day today.

A booth will be set up during lunches where students can sign the pledge and learn the facts about melanoma and tanning beds. The Melanoma Foundation of New England has provided a scanner for students to see the damage that has been done to their skin from UV rays. The object is to get students to sign the pledge to avoid tanning beds and keep sun exposure to a minimum. Many students start using tanning beds at this time of year with prom around the corner.

The Melanoma Foundation of New England is sponsoring a contest for schools to attempt to get as many students involved as possible.

Free head and neck cancer screenings

METHUEN — Holy Family Hospital is offering a series of free head and neck cancer screenings during this month. Morning and afternoon screenings are available on Thursday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19.

Appointments are required and will take place at the following locations:

Andover Ear Nose & Throat Center — 198 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover

Colden Seymour Ear, Nose & Throat — 200 Sutton St., Suite #100, North Andover

Holy Family Hospital’s Cancer Center — 70 East St., Methuen

Screening Schedule: Morning and afternoon appointments are available and open to the public.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling Holy Family’s DoctorFinder service: 800-488-5959. We will confirm the location when you schedule your appointment.

The Real School of Music has grand opening

ANDOVER — The Real School of Music LLC, a whole new music school experience, hs announce the grand opening of its second facility at 3 Dundee Park Drive.

The facility includes 13 private lesson studios, four ensemble session rooms including a recording studio and a 100-plus person performance auditorium. Attendees will have many of opportunities to witness the musical experiences offered at The Real School of Music.

In January 2012, The Real School of Music expanded operations by welcoming Bradford School of Music of North Andover to the Real School family. Real School has chosen Andover to build this new state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the loyal Bradford students and the new students in the Andover area and surrounding towns. Bradford School of Music will transition to the name of The Real School of Music when they relocate to this new facility.