A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of higher education;
and to advance the economic, educational and cultural life of Southeastern Massachusetts.

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


CONNECT Leaders Attend Planning Retreat

Leaders from the CONNECT institutions recently participated in their annual retreat at the J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center. Throughout the day they worked to establish the organization's priorities for the 2014 - 2015 academic year and beyond. Those attending, pictured at right from L - R, included: President John Cox (CCCC), President Jack Sbrega (BCC), Chancellor Divina Grossman (UMD), CONNECT Executive Director Stacey Kaminski, President Charles Wall (MCC), and on behalf of President Dana Mohler-Faria, Executive Vice President Fred Clark (BSU).

CEOs Appoint Dr. Stacey Kaminski as New Executive Director of CONNECT

The CEO’s of the CONNECT Partnership have selected Stacey A. Kaminski, Ed.D., as their new executive director. Dr. Kaminski brings eighteen years of experience in PK-12 and higher education to her new role.

Prior to her appointment, she served as a special education administrator and director of professional learning at South Coast Educational Collaborative, while serving as co- executive director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Readiness Center.

In 2011, Dr Kaminski joined the Commonwealth’s Readiness Center Network as co- executive director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Readiness Center (SEMARC). The network was established by Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Education Paul Reville. It is sustained through public and private funds dispersed by the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Higher Education. In her role at SEMARC, Dr. Kaminski managed Early Learning Challenge Grant funds and deliverables as well as Race To The Top monies and their subsequent projects.

Dr. Kaminski began her career as speech & language assistant, earning her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Bridgewater State University.  She earned her master’s degree in special educational administration from Simmons College and her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northeastern University. She is a member of Learning Forward Academy’s Class of 2014, where she has continued to fortify her knowledge and understanding and application of professional learning standards and indicators. In addition, she has facilitated the Special Education Law class and Practicum Seminar at Simmons College.

Dr. Kaminski plans to bring her diverse experience, expertise and energy to projects benefiting all learners throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Her position with CONNECT commenced on July 1, 2014.

Summer of Science Programs Available for Area Students

Over a thousand of the region’s elementary through high school students will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the public colleges and universities in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Summer of Science programs were initiated by the CONNECT CEOs, who see a clear connection between kids working hands-on with science at an early age, and their ability and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in college.

All programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here for information on dates, locations, and cost.

CONNECT Health Sciences CEO Breakfast held at Bristol Community College

More than 70 leaders from higher education, economic development, and industry gathered in Fall River this November for a panel discussion on workforce needs in health care in Southeastern Massachusetts. Rebekah Lashman of the Commonwealth Corporation started the program with an overview of data about the coming employment needs in health care. Sheila Sullivan-Jardim, executive director of the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, moderated the discussion, with representatives of leading area companies Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Inc., Signature Healthcare, and Southcoast Health System. View the video of the conversation here.

Sponsored by CONNECT and the Commonwealth Corporation.

CONNECT College Readiness Conference held at the Taunton Holiday Inn

Transitioning to New State Standards & Systems: Collaborating for College Readiness was the theme of the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional College Readiness Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013, at the Holiday Inn - Taunton. More than 150 secondary and higher education stakeholders met face to face to discuss the impact of the New State Standards and Assessment System on classroom pedagogy and college readiness. K-12 curriculum directors, teachers, department chairs, superintendents, principals, and vice principals, along with college Math and English instructors and administrators, especially those focused on the first-year experience, participated in this day-long discussion.

You may view the complete agenda and access all program resources here. Click here to view the press release.

NEW: Click here to view both plenary and breakout sessions of the conference.

Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Discussion held at UMASS Dartmouth's ATMC

On August 8, 75 leaders from higher education, economic development, and industry gathered in Fall River for a panel discussion on workforce needs in Advanced Manufacturing in Southeastern Massachusetts. Dr. Michael Goodman started the program with an overview of data about the coming employment needs in manufacturing. Nancy Snyder, president of the Commonwealth Corporation, moderated the discussion, with representatives of leading area companies AccuRounds, Acushnet, Controls for Automation, and Precix. View the discussion here. View the related article from the Southcoast Business Bulletin here. To see the related article referencing both workforce breakfasts, click here.

Conversation with Biotechnology & Life Sciences Leaders held at Bridgewater State University

The CONNECT CEOs recently hosted a discussion of Biotechnology & Life Science workforce needs and how companies and educational institutions can partner to ensure a skilled, qualified, and ready workforce. Lance Hartford, executive director of MassBioEd, presented research outlining workforce and training needs of life sciences companies in southeastern Massachusetts. View his presentation here. Panelists were leaders of top southeastern Massachusetts Life Sciences companies: ORGANOGENESIS, PrimeraDX, and SMITHERS VISCIENT. View the discussion here. This was the first in a CONNECT series of high level discussions promoting workforce alignment in southeastern Massachusetts.

Panelists and speakers pictured below, (L-R): Fred Clark, BSU; Jessica Riley, PrimeraDX; Dina Minerd, Organogenesis; Susan Shepherd, Smithers Viscient; President Charles Wall, MCC; Lance Hartford, MassBioEd; Nancy Snyder, Commonwealth Corporation; President Jack Sbrega, BCC.


New Video Introduces CONNECTLink, Our One-Stop Site for Interns

Still wondering if CONNECTLink, our one-stop site to recruit interns from all five campuses, is right for you? The CONNECT Internship Directors have produced a five-minute video discussing CONNECTLink, how to use it, and the value of employing interns from our Southeastern Massachusetts colleges and universities. Click here to view the video.