Glenn said Northern Essex has other projects in the works for its Lawrence campus, which he could not discuss.
“Northern Essex has had a commitment to this city for more than 40 years, and we intend on expanding that commitment and developing a comprehensive urban campus right here, working with the city, area business and organizations and anyone else who shares our vision,” Glenn said. “When completed, Lawrence will truly be a college town.”
Glenn said the El-Hefni Health and Technology Center is part of a larger plan for growth in Lawrence. Northern Essex added a chemistry lab to the Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center on Amesbury Street recently and opened NECC Riverwalk on Merrimack Street in the fall of 2010.
The college has two additional buildings in Lawrence: the Dimitry Building and the iHealth Building, both on Franklin Street. Established in 2011, iHealth@NECC is a public/private partnership aimed at preparing adults for careers in health care and is run out of the former Park Audi dealership.
Ernie Greenslade, director of public relations at Northern Essex, said the college’s Lawrence campus has 2,829 students enrolled, a 19.3 percent increase in five years.
“When we open the El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center, it will allow us to increase the number of programs and courses offered in Lawrence, and we expect that the number of students will grow very quickly as a result,” Greenslade said. “Lawrence is definitely our high growth area.”