New England School of Communications
|New England School of Communications|
|Type||College of Husson University|
|Admin. staff||92 (total all categories)|
|Undergraduates||561 (Fall 2011)|
|Location||Bangor, ME, USA
|Campus||suburban (200 acres or 81 ha)|
|Colors||Red, Black, and White|
New England School of Communications (NESCom) is a college of Husson University located in Bangor, Maine. The school focuses exclusively on undergraduate education in communications technology. The student body has 440 undergraduates which come primarily from Maine (77%) and is 75% male. The school has an admissions rate of 66%. It has been located on the campus of Husson University since 1985, and has been owned by Husson since 1997. NESCom had its own admissions, financial aid, and accreditation until Spring 2014; for the Fall 2014 semester, Husson University will take over these responsibilities.
The New England School of Communications began as the New England School of Broadcasting (NESB, nicknamed "Nessbee") in 1981. It had an educational mission to train students for positions in the broadcasting industry. The school's first campus was in a downtown location called the "Broadcast House" in 1983. The location proved to be temporary as the school's growth required a bigger campus. In 1985, NESB moved to a location on the campus of Husson College and continued to grow by providing housing, dining, a gymnasium and other campus amenities. NESCom was acquired by Husson in 1997. In 2001, a new Communication Center was established for the school with a new wing added in 2004. In 2014, NESCOM merged with Husson University. NESCOM is now a division of Husson University.
The George Wildey Communication Center houses all NESCom programs except Entertainment Production, which utilizes the Gracie Theatre. WHSN, an alternative radio station licensed the university, broadcasts from the Wildey Center. General education courses often occur in other buildings on campus. The Husson campus also includes the Robert O'Donnell Commons, Peabody Hall, the Dickerman Dining Hall, the Beardsley Meeting House, the Dyke Center for Family Business, the Darling Learning Center, Hart Hall, Carlisle Hall, Bell Hall, and the university's athletic center.
NESCom offers a Bachelor of Science Degree program with concentrations available in Audio Engineering, Live Sound Engineering, Entertainment Production, WebMedia, Journalism, Sports Journalism, Marketing Communications, Radio Broadcasting (including campus station WHSN), and Video Production.