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


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.

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.