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NECC Recognizes 2 Local Instructors

February 25, 2019
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HAVERHILL -- Two local staff members at Northern Essex Community College were recently named recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Awards for Excellence, a national honor that recognizes outstanding faculty and staff in the country’s community colleges.

Patricia Machado of Dracut, professor of economics, and attorney Judith Pollock Ciampi of Chelmsford, professor and faculty lead for the Center for Business & Accounting.

Machado, who has taught at Northern Essex for 11 years, was nominated by Judy Zubrow, dean of Liberal Arts. She praised Machado as both a skilled adviser and teacher.

“Trisha is recognized as someone who sets high standards in the classroom and is committed to helping each student achieve success,” Zubrow wrote. “I’ve had the pleasure of observing her classes, and she is gifted at making complex concepts of economics engaging and understandable for our students.”

Pollock-Ciampi, who started working at NECC in 1994 on a part-time basis, has held several positions, including program coordinator, educator and, most recently, innovator in the Center for Business & Accounting. She was nominated by Kelly Sullivan, dean of business and professional studies.

Sullivan wrote, “Judi has been a valued member of the Northern Essex community for over 20 years. She was originally hired to coordinate the paralegal program, which she successfully led for over 15 years. ... She was the only full-time faculty member in the program, so she advised all of the students herself. Her students were quite successful, and they continue to work in offices and agencies throughout the region. ... Judi changed focus and became a faculty member in the business and accounting area. As an attorney, she was the perfect choice to teach Business Law, which she also developed into a popular online course.”

Pollock-Ciampi will continue to use her legal skills as she develops an online Hospitality Law class for the Hospitality program.

“She has served as the faculty lead for the Center for Business and Accounting ... and created a welcoming center,” Sullivan wrote. “Registration for business and accounting students was up 10 percent last spring compared to the prior spring. This year the center has blossomed. There are always students working with faculty, getting tutoring, grabbing a snack or participating in a planned event. It is exactly what we pictured a successful center would look like.”

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