The CONNECT CEOs invite you to a discussion of Biotechnology & Life Science workforce needs and how companies and educational institutions can partner to ensure a skilled, qualified, and ready workforce. Panelists will be leaders of top southeastern Massachusetts Life Sciences companies: ORGANOGENESIS, PrimeraDX, and SMITHERS VISCIENT.
Attendees will learn about: the Life Sciences/Biotechnology industries; changes in the industries resulting from technology, regulatory pressure, business development, or the competitive operating environment; current talent needs and how those needs may be changing in the next three to five years; creating opportunities for educational institutions to work more collaboratively with industry to prepare students; and aligning academic programs with employer needs.
This is the first in a CONNECT series of high level discussions promoting workforce alignment in southeastern Massachusetts. The event is free and breakfast is included; however, registration is required. Click here to register.
CONNECT Colleges Bring More Kids a Summer of Science
Over a thousand of the region's school children will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the public colleges and universities of Southeastern Massachusetts.
Children can learn what it's like to pilot airplanes at Bridgewater State University's ACE Aviation camp in New Bedford, or explore robotics and game design at Bristol Community College's Kids College or a camp sponsored by UMass Dartmouth's Computer and Information Science department.
Forensics and crime solving are at the center of Massasoit Community College's "Special Study of Biology" and Bridgewater's "Whale of a Mystery." Cape Cod youth are invited to join the "maker movement" to assemble junkbots, build simple circuits, and create batteries out of lemons. Environmental Science is the focus of Umass Dartmouth's "Earth Keepers" program. Massasoit Community College has multiplied its summer offerings from one to seven, with two of the camps housed at Plymouth North High School.
All of the programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here for more information about the Summer of Science programs, including dates, tuition, and age groups.
CONNECT Holds SE MA Legislator Breakfast
- In SE MA, nine out of 10 higher education seats are with the public colleges and universities;
- The CONNECT institutions' economic impact in the region is estimated at $670 million. Every dollar invested generates $4.25 for the region;
- Annually, the CONNECT institutions graduate over 5,500 students and provide non-credit training for over 18,500 individuals;
- The Public Policy Institute of Federal Reserve Bank credits public higher education in SE MA with reducing the number of students who fail to graduate high school from 21% in 2000 to 16% in 2008-10; increasing the number of residents with some college from 40% to 56% in the same period.
Pictured above are: BCC President John Sbrega; CONNECT Executive Director Kathleen Kirby; Senator Marc Pacheco; and CCCC President John Cox.
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.