A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the five public higher education institutions of CONNECT, it is our mission to enhance educational effectiveness and efficiency while improving student success, increasing educational attainment, advancing economic health, and strengthening cultural life throughout the region.

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CONNECT Institutions Announce the 2017 Summer of Science

Over a thousand of the region’s school-aged children will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the summer science offerings at the CONNECT campuses. Created for students in grades three through twelve, program topics include: forensics, robotics and game design; flight science, App development, Lego engineering, and minecraft - just to name a few.

According to Dr. Stacey Kaminski, executive director of CONNECT, “The Summer of Science programs were initiated by the presidents and chancellor of our institutions because they see a clear connection between students having experiential interaction with science at an early age, and their ability and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in college.”  In addition, the CONNECT CEOs believe that when students spend time on a college campus it is a prime opportunity for building a “college-going culture” in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.  Most programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here to learn more about Summer of Science.

Substance Use Disorders Summits Share Information & Raise Awareness

More than 80 educators, students, community treatment representatives, law enforcement officials, and medical professionals gathered on March 27 at Bridgewater State University to discuss the current opioid crisis and provide resources and information to attendees. The event was the first in a series of three aimed at sharing best practices, forming partnerships, and educating students and the community-at-large about the scope and severity of the epidemic. Community Partnerships was the topic of the April 24 summit held at BCC/BSU's Attleboro Campus. Click here to access resources from both events.

2017 Key Talent Graduates Celebrated at April Program

Honoring the Journey: Insight, Growth & Recognition, was the theme of the seventh and final gathering of the 2016-2017 CONNECT Key Talent Leadership Program cohort. 27 participants from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Framingham State University, and Massasoit Community College reflected on their experience and looked ahead to the future during the celebratory event.

Members of this years graduating class are: Ed Cabellon, Jim Currie, Scott Enos, Eileen Estudante, Kathleen Flaherty, Tiffany Macauley, Wendy Messaline, Jennifer Pacheco and Michael Sandy from Bridgewater State University; Amanda Donovan, Sarah Kocur, Nicole Parks, Filomena Ponte and Derek Viveiros from Bristol Community College; Stacey Betts, Handine Jean-Marie, Tammie Key, David Leavitt and Heather Shapazian from Bunker Hill Community College; Lauren Keville and Chon'tel Washington from Framingham State University; and Allison Arsenault, Maryellen Brett, Lydia Camara, Kelly Carrico and Michelle Hughes from Massasoit Community College.

Pictured above are participants and supervisors from Massasoit Community College. Click here for additional pictures from the program.

CONNECT campus events

Massasoit Arts Festival

MCC Canton Campus, 900 Randolph Street, Canton, 5/21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Don't miss the annual Massasoit Arts Festival on May 21 at the Canton Campus. Enjoy juried exhibits, fine art crafters & artisans, demonstrations, children's activities, and much more. This community-oriented event provides a family-friendly cultural venue by including art exhibits for students and local artists, music, and performance art. Click here for additional information.

Shrek the Musical Coming to BSU this Summer

Bridgewater State University, July 14-16 & 21-23, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Anna P. Buckley Performing Arts Center

Bridgewater State University's Family Performing Arts Center continues its second season with Shrek the Musical. Based on the Oscar-winning Dreamworks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure which brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. Click here for additional information and for tickets.