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


Prior Learning Assessment Workshops Held

Faculty and staff from Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, and Massasoit Community College recently gathered to discuss the "nuts and bolts" of PLA implementation and advising on their campuses. Facilitators from CAEL, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, worked with attendees to consider assessment practices in relation to academic expectations and outcomes and integration of PLA into advising and recruitment of adult learners. This project is part of a three-year Davis Educational Foundation grant. Click here to view additional pictures from the workshops.

CONNECT Featured in "News from the Nine"

The CONNECT Partnership is featured in the spring 2016 issue of "News from the Nine," the official newsletter of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State Universities. The headline reads "CONNECT Remains a Vital Link in Southeastern Mass. and the Cape." Click here to read the complete article.

CONNECT Key Talent Program Celebrates Second Graduating Class

A cohort of thirty higher education professionals recently celebrated successful completion of the CONNECT Key Talent Leadership professional development program. Participants from the five CONNECT institutions along with representatives from Framingham State University and Massachusetts Maritime Academy explored topics ranging from leadership style, communication and motivation to team building, problem-solving and decision-making, during the seven month program. Click here for more information about this highly regarded CONNECT initiative.

CONNECT Hosts Board of Higher Education Meeting at Bristol Community College

The five CONNECT CEOs recently hosted the monthly Massachusetts Board of Higher Education meeting on October 27, 2015, at Bristol Community College. The CEOs shared highlights of CONNECT collaborations over the past twelve years, including transfer initiatives, PK-12 outreach, professional development programs, workforce and community outreach & STEM. Click here to view a Fall River Community Media interview with CONNECT chair, President Jack Sbrega. View the interview with Board of Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago here.

Gateway Cities 7th Graders Head to College

More than four thousand seventh grade students from our region’s Gateway Cities are heading to college this fall. Through CONNECT’s Gateway Cities College Immersion Program, students from Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton will visit one of CONNECT’s campuses for a day. There, they will engage in team-building activities, academic or service experiences, campus tours, and interaction with college students from their own communities.

The primary goals of this initiative are to ensure that students gain a heightened awareness of their potential to go to college; have increased motivation to complete middle and high school as a pathway to college; and gain an increased interest in career and vocational opportunities. Click here to view a brief video of Fall River students visiting Bristol Community College. Read the complete press release here. Read about Fall River students' visit to UMD here.

Top photo: Fall River students at Bristol Community College. Left photo: Brockton students visit Bridgewater State University.


CONNECT CEOs Hold Annual Retreat

Chief Executive Officers of the CONNECT Partnership met July 27, 2015, to chart the course for the organization's future. The leadership team, along with their campus liaisons, identified K-12 outreach, pathways to degree completion, commitment to STEM, along with strategic communication as areas of focus for FY2016.

Pictured, at right, are: BCC President and CONNECT Chair Jack Sbrega, MCC President Charles Wall, CCCC President John Cox, CONNECT Executive Director Stacey Kaminski, and BSU President Fred Clark. Missing from the photo is UMD Chancellor Divina Grossman.

Inaugural Envision the Future Program is a Great Success

Hailing from 17 communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond, 48 girls celebrated their successful participation in the first-ever Envision the Future Program on July 24, 2015. A collaborative project of the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network and CONNECT, Envision the Future is a five-day residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for girls ages 11 - 13. Held July 20 - 24 at Bridgewater State University, Envision the Future provided opportunties for participants to engage in challenging STEM activities, explore career options with STEM professionals, meet women role models in STEM fields, and connect with other girls with similar interests and aspirations.

Learn more about Envision the Future here..

Check Out CONNECTLink -- A One-Stop Site for Posting Internships

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.