Lawrence mayor Dan Rivera, Regis College President Antoinette Hays and Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn launch Regis North in Lawrence, Nov. 4. Pilot photo/courtesy Regis College
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LAWRENCE -- Regis College, together with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and the City of Lawrence, announced Nov. 4 the launch of its new satellite school in downtown Lawrence.
Called Regis North, the school will offer a bachelor's degree program in health science, nursing, and public heath through a partnership with NECC. Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Regis North will allow students to earn 100 percent of their credits towards a Regis bachelor's degree.
In addition to earning a bachelor of science in nursing, nursing students will also gain a minor in public health upon completing the program.
"This is the beginning of a strong, fruitful relationship with the City of Lawrence and NECC," Regis president Antoinette Hays said. "Regis has a long track record of educating multicultural, first-generation students and sees great potential in the residents of Lawrence. We believe we can significantly contribute to the area's economy by improving the quality and skill of our healthcare workforce."
By working with NECC, Regis North will allow options for students who balance work, families, and other responsibilities to earn their degree.
Lane Glenn, president of NECC, said "Northern Essex has over 1,800 students enrolled in one of our 25 health care programs. Thanks to this partnership with Regis, after graduating from Northern Essex, these students can continue their education close to home, while working in the health field."
"We now have an educational ladder for local residents who want advanced health degrees," he added.
Hays and Glenn were on-hand for the announcement of Regis North, along with Regis dean Penelope Glynn, Lawrence mayor Daniel Rivera, and Father Paul O'Brien, pastor of St. Patrick's Parish in Lawrence.
"We are excited to have Regis College and appreciative of the investment they are making in Lawrence. Together with NECC and its expansion, Lawrence is becoming a place where young people can come for a high quality education with a real path to a rewarding career," said Mayor Rivera. "Regis North helps solidify the idea that Lawrence is open for business, and I thank President Hays and President Glenn for making Lawrence better."