The main campus of North Shore Community College (NSCC) is easily accessible off Route 1 South on Ferncroft Road. The…More college is one of the oldest and largest of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts with a mission to provide an affordable education and vocational training to local residents in 26 communities from the north metropolitan area of Boston up to Cape Ann. The college also caters to those looking for a mid-career change or workforce development training and who need some flexibility in their class schedule, including taking classes from home. All told, about 8,000 students enroll each year in a mix of 110 associate and certificate programs.
More than 92 percent of NSCC graduates say they still live and work on the North Shore. NSCC has satellite campuses in Lynn, Beverly and in two buildings at Essex Aggie through a partnership with the vocational high school. The college is also in the midst of constructing a new health professions building on the main campus and continues to promote eco-friendly "green" initiatives. The president of North Shore Community College is Wayne Burton.
The student newspaper, "The Pennon," can be found online along with a student blog.
Affectionately known as "Essex Aggie," the state-funded vocational high school is open to students across the…More commonwealth and enrolls over 400 pupils each year for an education in agriculture and environmental technologies. The campus sits on 166 acres stretching across both sides of Maple Street with 35 buildings in the Hathorne neighborhood. In addition to core academic studies, students pursue vocational training in animal science, plant science, environmental science or "Tech Prep," which allows students to complete some hands-on coursework in preparation for college. Several of those programs are connected with North Shore Community College. Maude Hall and Berry Hall are also used by NSCC as a satellite campus for several programs.
The "Aggie" has been around for nearly a century, but its centennial event may in fact be the shuttering of the school. With the final agreement in Dec. 2009 on a merger and financing commitments to combine Essex Aggie, North Shore Technical High School and the Peabody Vocational High School into a new regional mega-voke, a brand new school will be built on the Maple Street campus.
The Essex North Shore Agricultural and Vocational Technical School is slated to open in 2013.