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October 23, 2012

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NECC paralegal program receives ABA approval

The nearly 30-year-old Northern Essex Community College Paralegal Program recently received reapproval from the American Bar Association for another seven years. It is one of just six ABA-approved paralegal programs in Massachusetts.

The American Bar Association, through its Standing Committee on Paralegals, has promoted the role of the paralegal as a vital member of the legal services delivery team for more than 30 years.

The approval process consists of several stages, including the preparation of a self-evaluation report and supporting documents, review by educational consultants, a site visit to the program, and consideration by the Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission.

Students were first admitted to the Northern Essex Paralegal Program in 1983. The program was first approved by the ABA in 1988. To date, more than 600 students have graduated from the NECC Paralegal Program.

Pelletco receives ACTION award, relocates to Newburyport CleanTech Center

ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England, awarded Pelletco space in one of its 13 incubators across New England. Pelletco is using the award to expand its operations to the Newburyport CleanTech Center. Pelletco received the award as a semifinalist in the Cleantech Open, Northeast region. Pelletco provides locally sourced and sustainable alternative energy solutions utilizing patented biomass fuel technology. Its advanced pellet technology burns substantially cleaner than traditional petroleum, propane, electrical and even wood pellets.

The Newburyport CleanTech Center is a nonprofit clean technology business incubator and accelerator and a member of ACTION. The center will provide Pelletco with a physical presence in its new markets and will leverage its network of like-minded companies to expand its sales.

Anna Jaques touts clean energy efforts

Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport is crediting its new $8 million energy-efficient power plant and other new efficient systems in greatly reducing its energy consumption. Officials say the Zampell Power Plant, named in recognition of the financial support of Christine and James Zampell, will reduce the hospital’s energy use by 15 percent as well as its carbon footprint.

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