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January 20, 2014

NECC to have full-time computer science faculty

LAWRENCE — Beginning this semester, Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence will have two new computer labs equipped with the latest technology in its newly renovated 420 Common St. building. The new labs will allow the college to expand and offer courses in subjects such as networking, security, programming, and help desk.

“We’re focusing on hot job skills,” said Russ Gouveia of the computer science faculty. “Our help desk certificate graduates, for example, have their pick of jobs with pay starting at $35,000 and increasing to $55,000 or $60,000 within five years.”

Higher level computer courses like data management and information security are available in Lawrence during the spring semester, which begins Jan. 22.

For the first time, the college will also have a full-time computer science faculty presence in Lawrence along with computer science tutoring and open labs. In the future, the college hopes to offer computer science certificates and degrees that can be completed in Lawrence without having to travel to the Haverhill campus. The college is also planning to add industry certification training in networks and computer security.

“We want to work very closely with area employers to place interns and graduates,” said Gouveia. “We’re also looking for employer input as we develop the courses and programs that will be available in Lawrence.”

The college will invite the Lawrence community, including public school students, to experiment with some of the high tech equipment now available in Lawrence. More information is available from Russ Gouveia at rgouveia@necc.mass.edu, enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

Lambert speaks toWindham GOP

WINDHAM — Gary Lambert, former state senator and Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, will be speaking to the GOP Town Committee tomorrow night. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 2 North Lowell Road. The public is welcome.

Timberlane students win art contest

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional High School students won 15 awards in the nationwide Scholastic Art and Writing contest.

Winning entries included drawings, paintings, ceramics, photographs and digital art.

The students’ work will be on displayed at Pinkerton Academy in Derry tomorrow through Feb. 1.

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