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.

Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Massasoit Community College Cape Cod Community College UMASS Dartmouth


Leaders Flourish at CONNECT Key Talent Leadership Program - Admin Bootcamp to be Offered this Spring

Aspiring leaders from five Massachusetts college campuses began a seven-month journey of growth and discovery at the CONNECT Partnership’s Key Talent Leadership Program this October. Entering its third year, the program addresses the professional development needs of mid-to-senior level administrators by providing them the knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their careers. Program topics explore: defining personal leadership styles, managing relationships, creating a performance-based culture, team building & team management, problem solving & decision making, transformational leadership, and honoring the journey. This year’s 27 participants hail from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, and Framingham State University. Click here to view photos from the opening session.

This spring, selected administrative support professionals will experience the newly launched Key Talent ABC Program. This two-day session will feature topics on personal growth and professional growth providing participants skills helping them perform at a higher level in their current role and advance their careers.

Regional STEM Networks Awarded Grant Funding for FY17

The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network along with the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network recently received a total of $80,000 in grant funding to advance STEM education and training efforts throughout the region. The fiscal year 2017 grant for the Regional STEM Networks included incentives for collaboration across regions as well as for aligning focus areas with STEM Advisory Council priorities. Click here to read more about the awards.

CONNECT campus events

Holiday Performances Scheduled at CONNECT Campuses

Get in the spirit of the season at one or all of these featured holiday performances.

Don't miss the Massasoit Theatre Company's presentation of the holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical. Based on the movie of the same name, the musical features a book and score by the acclaimed Meredith Wilson. Performances are December 10, 16 & 17 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 & 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Massasoit Community College's Buckley Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $16/$18 and are available here.

The annual Holiday Pops Concert of the Fall River Symphony Orchestra is Sunday, December 11, at Bristol Community College's Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center Theater, 3:00 p.m. Enjoy orchestral songs of the season along with vocal solos by Jean Danton. A post-concert reception features delicious treats. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and children. Click here for additional information.

For an evening of Handel's Messiah and traditional Christmas Carols, join the chorus of Bridgewater State University faculty, alumni and town residents for the Christmas Gala Concert on Sunday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. Directed by Steve Young and Jacob Liberles, the performance is at St. Basil Chapel on 122 Park Avenue. Admission is $5 plus two cans of non-perishable food for the BSU food bank and Catholic Center food pantry.

Mary Poppins Coming to Bridgewater this January

Everyone's favorite nanny takes the stage at BSU this January in Mary Poppins - the Broadway Musical. Bridgewater State University's Family Performing Arts Center kicks off its second season with this beloved Disney modern classic. Shows are January 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 (7:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturdays & Sundays). Tickets start at $10. Click here for additional information and to buy tickets today.