Jeffrey Linehan, president and owner of Diversified Business Systems, a Web and commercial printing company in Haverhill, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College board of trustees by Gov. Deval Patrick.

A resident of Boxford, Linehan has served on NECC's foundation board of directors since 2004. He is a 1977 graduate of NECC, where he received an associate of science degree in business. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Salem State College in 1979.

Linehan is a member of the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Exchange Club, and is on the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

The college's board of trustees includes nine members who are appointed by the governor of the state to a maximum of two five-year terms as well as an alumni-elected member, who also serves a maximum of 10 years, and a student trustee who serves for two semesters.

Teacher prep course offered

Northern Essex Community College's Corporate & Community Education Center is offering a prep course for individuals who plan to be teachers and are scheduled to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in November.

This noncredit course will be offered at the new Northern Essex Riverwalk location in Lawrence.

Classes are on Friday nights beginning Oct. 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The four-week course is designed to prepare those who plan to take November's Communication and Literacy Skills Test — the first test required toward licensure as a teacher or educational administrator and for students transferring to four-year colleges to become teachers in Massachusetts. The cost of the course is $195, which includes materials. More information is available from Erin O'Brien at 978-738-7436 or Registration is by calling 978-556-3700 and referencing noncredit course number 1118 PRDV1093-RWA.

Post-abortion support group forms

The Pregnancy Care Center of the Merrimack Valley is offering a post-abortion counseling and education support/recovery group for women.

The eight-week session will be offered in two locations: Haverhill, beginning Sept. 13 at the Pregnancy Care Center, 496 Main St.; and Andover beginning Sept. 27 at the Free Christian Church, 28 Elm St. Participation is free and confidential.

The format used is Forgiven and Set Free, by Linda Cochrane. The group will be led by women who have experienced abortion. Anyone who wishes to enroll is asked to call 978-241-2271. The PCC has locations in Haverhill, Lawrence, Amesbury and Newburyport, which in 2009 served more than 1,500 individuals.

Hospital welcomes clinical coordinator

Audrey McGlew, RN is the new clinical coordinator in the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Merrimack Valley Hospital.

A Haverhill native, McGlew and her family live in Groveland. She has more than four years of nursing experience in an area wound care center and says that in wound care, she sees the same patients for an extended period of time and finds her work rewarding.

Student newspaper selects adviser

Salisbury resident Mary Jo Shafer, editor of The Newburyport Current in Newburyport, has been named adviser to Northern Essex Community College's student newspaper, the Observer.

In addition, the Lawrence native has joined the NECC journalism program under the communication arts department as an adjunct journalism professor.

Shafer has received numerous writing awards from professional organizations, including the Alabama Press Association, The Medical Association of Alabama, the Alabama Associated Press, and the Maine Press Association.

She will replace NECC associate professor of journalism Amy Callahan, who served as adviser to the Observer for 10 years. Callahan is now head of the NECC communication arts department and program coordinator of journalism/communications.

The Observer is an award-winning newspaper published by NECC journalism students. It is the independent voice of the students and is published twice monthly during the academic year.

Northern Essex offers an Associate of Arts in liberal arts: journalism/communications option.

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