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October 4, 2011

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Northern Essex has been participating in Achieving the Dream, a national effort to close the gaps in student success, particularly among minority and low-income students, for the past four years. Funding and support from Achieving the Dream has allowed Northern Essex to review and measure current practices and develop new initiatives to help improve student outcomes such as retention and graduation rates.

As a result of its participation in Achieving the Dream, the college has created math tutoring centers in Haverhill and Lawrence; introduced supplemental instructors in challenging courses; developed a College Success skills course; expanded and improved academic advising services; and made several new policy changes with an eye toward student success.

Haverhill attorney new NECC trustee

William D. Cox Jr., Esq., of Haverhill, has been appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Board of Trustees by Gov. Deval Patrick. Cox, who has his own law practice, also has held the position of city solicitor for Haverhill for more than seven years. He has worked in the legal arena for better than two decades in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of Bradford College, he also attended the University of London and American University. Cox earned his juris doctor degree from New England School of Law. Prior to opening his private practice, Cox briefly served as assistant district attorney for Essex County. He is currently board president of Career Resources Corporation in Haverhill, a member of the Northern Essex Community College legal studies advisory board and a member of the Haverhill, American and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Shady Oaks Organics wins $11,000 loan

Shady Oaks Organics, an organic mushroom farm in Newburyport, has received an $11,000 loan under the MassDevelopment/The Carrot Project Small Farm Loan Program. Shady Oaks grows multiple varieties of oyster and shiitake mushrooms from bales of organic wheat straw at its new 3,100-square-foot facility and is using loan proceeds to build out that space and purchase new equipment. The farm relocated there after cultivating and selling its first crop of rare varieties of organic mushrooms, grown in a small basement. The new facility helps increase its capacity and efficiency. Shady Oaks Organics supplies its mushrooms to several well-known restaurants on the North Shore and in Boston. The company also participates in farmers markets in Newburyport, Amesbury, Boston, Cambridge and Gloucester.

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