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Covanta’s Mark Van Weelden joins the NECC Foundation

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July 13, 2017
Local businessman Mark Van Weelden, was recently appointed to the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Board.

Van Weelden is business manager for the Greater Boston, New Hampshire, and Maine district for Covanta the Haverhill Resource Recovery facility located at 100 Recovery Way, Haverhill. The facility processes 1,650 tons per day of solid waste, generating up to 49 megawatts of renewable energy.

A resident of Eliot, Maine, Van Weelden is a U.S. Navy veteran and a board member of the Environmental Business Counsel, New England.

As the child of a retired school teacher who serves as an executive dean at Sauk Valley Community College and McHenry County Community College in Illinois, Van Weelden says, “The importance of a strong community college is vital to both the local and state education system.  NECC has a proven track record in providing vital educational options to students before and after graduation.”

The NECC Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the college and its students. Incorporated in 1972, the Foundation assists NECC by making connections with the business community, foundations, and other potential revenue sources. It additionally hosts fundraisers and special events.

Funds raised are used for student scholarships, equipment purchases, program revitalization efforts, faculty and staff development, and other needs as they arise and as approved by the Foundation Board of Directors. Board members are appointed to multi-year terms.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  More than 6,600 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 3,400 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

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