A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the six 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.

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New Key Talent Leadership Program to Begin in October - Apply Today

Recruiting has begun for the fourth year of CONNECT's Key Talent Leadership Program. Aspiring leaders from the six CONNECT institutions along with Bunker Hill Community College and Framingham State University may apply to embark on a seven-month journey of growth and discovery beginning this October. 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 include: 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 cohort is limited to 30 participants. Click here to see additional information about the program. Contact your campus human resources officer to apply.

Administrative Professionals Complete Newly Created Boot Camp

Massasoit Community College was the setting for CONNECT’s first Boot Camp Program for Higher Education Administrative Professional this June. Twenty-four representatives from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, and Massasoit Community College, participated in two, full-day sessions facilitated by Breakthrough Collaboration of Natick, MA.  Program participants, nominated by the supervisors and identified as high-performing staff within their institutions, engaged in collegial dialogue, didactic learning experiences, and role-playing activities designed to enhance their knowledge and skills in a variety of pertinent topics.

During the program, participants examined their personal leadership style using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and had opportunities to identify and illustrate their talents and strengths.  In addition, they reflected upon their capacity for interpersonal skill-building, which included communication skills, stress management, and managing conflict.

Topics that illustrated the importance for professional growth included: organization, mastering workflow, customer service for internal and external stakeholders, supervising student employees, and influencing others. In addition, participants engaged in problem-solving activities as well as those that prompted action planning for growth in their current role.

For additional information, or if you would like to be considered for the 2018 program, contact Dr. Stacey Kaminski,  executive director, CONNECT Partnership.

CONNECT Institutions Announce the 2017 Summer of Science

Over a thousand of the region’s school-aged children will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the summer science offerings at the CONNECT campuses. Created for students in grades three through twelve, program topics include: forensics, robotics and game design; flight science, App development, Lego engineering, and minecraft - just to name a few.

According to Dr. Stacey Kaminski, executive director of CONNECT, “The Summer of Science programs were initiated by the presidents and chancellor of our institutions because they see a clear connection between students having experiential interaction with science at an early age, and their ability and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in college.”  In addition, the CONNECT CEOs believe that when students spend time on a college campus it is a prime opportunity for building a “college-going culture” in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.  Most programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here to learn more about Summer of Science.

Substance Use Disorders Summits Share Information & Raise Awareness

More than 80 educators, students, community treatment representatives, law enforcement officials, and medical professionals gathered on March 27 at Bridgewater State University to discuss the current opioid crisis and provide resources and information to attendees. The event was the first in a series of three aimed at sharing best practices, forming partnerships, and educating students and the community-at-large about the scope and severity of the epidemic. Community Partnerships was the topic of the April 24 summit held at BCC/BSU's Attleboro Campus. Click here to access resources from both events.

2017 Key Talent Graduates Celebrated at April Program

Honoring the Journey: Insight, Growth & Recognition, was the theme of the seventh and final gathering of the 2016-2017 CONNECT Key Talent Leadership Program cohort. 27 participants from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Framingham State University, and Massasoit Community College reflected on their experience and looked ahead to the future during the celebratory event.

Members of this years graduating class are: Ed Cabellon, Jim Currie, Scott Enos, Eileen Estudante, Kathleen Flaherty, Tiffany Macauley, Wendy Messaline, Jennifer Pacheco and Michael Sandy from Bridgewater State University; Amanda Donovan, Sarah Kocur, Nicole Parks, Filomena Ponte and Derek Viveiros from Bristol Community College; Stacey Betts, Handine Jean-Marie, Tammie Key, David Leavitt and Heather Shapazian from Bunker Hill Community College; Lauren Keville and Chon'tel Washington from Framingham State University; and Allison Arsenault, Maryellen Brett, Lydia Camara, Kelly Carrico and Michelle Hughes from Massasoit Community College.

Pictured above are participants and supervisors from Massasoit Community College. Click here for additional pictures from the program.

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