NECC Offers Free Supervisory Skills Training



Haverhill, MA – Up to 90 local employees will have access to free supervisory skills training over the next two years, thanks to a $142,000 grant that Northern Essex Community College received from the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Direct Access Grant.

To be eligible for the free skills training, Massachusetts companies must have fewer than 100 employees and agree to pay employees while they are in training.

“This funding will help local employers develop supervisory/leadership skills employees who have the potential to take on more responsibility and manage other employees,” said Kathy Ronaldson, program manager, NECC’s Corporate & Community Education.

The college will offer two courses: Effective Supervisory Skills, a 40-hour, 10-week course, and Advance Leadership Topics, a 30-hour course, 10-week course.

The college is currently recruiting students for the first session of Effective Supervisory Skills, which will run Thursdays, January 9 through March 12, 2020, in a choice of morning or afternoon sessions.  Effective Supervisory Skills will focus on topics such as understanding behavioral styles, planning and organizing, managing personnel issues, and creating a climate for motivation.

Anyone interested can attend an Information Session on Friday, November 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or Friday, December 6, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Contact Kathy Ronaldson at 978-556-3066 or

Effective Supervisory Skills will be offered six times, between January 9, 2020 and January 14, 2021, and Advanced Leadership Topics will be offered three times with the first session beginning April 8, 2020.

This is the second grant that Northern Essex has received to offer supervisory skills training.

In 2017, the Lawrence Partnership, a private-public sector consortium focused on economic development and improving the quality of life in Lawrence, conducted a survey to determine where there were local “skills gaps.” The survey was completed by 94 local employers with 50 or more employees, and many company leaders expressed concerns over lost productivity and competitiveness because of the lack of supervisory and management skills among their current workers.

Leadership was identified as the number one soft skills challenge while middle management was also shown to be an area of need, according to the survey.  As one company leader wrote, “We cannot grow our business without great staffing.”

The results of this survey led to the development of this program.

For more information, contact Kathy Ronaldson at 978 556-3066 or

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, more than 5,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at or call 978-556-3700.

For more information, contact Ernie Greenslade, director of public relations at Northern Essex Community College at 978-556-3862 or

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