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


Regional STEM Networks Awarded Grant Funding for FY17

The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network along with the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network recently received a total of $80,000 in grant funding to advance STEM education and training efforts throughout the region. The fiscal year 2017 grant for the Regional STEM Networks included incentives for collaboration across regions as well as for aligning focus areas with STEM Advisory Council priorities. Click here to read more about the awards.

CONNECT CEOs Hold Annual Retreat

Chief Executive Officers of the CONNECT Partnership met July 25, 2016, to chart the course for the organization's future. The leadership team, along with their campus liaisons, identified degree completion, economic development, effectiveness, and civic learning & engagement as areas of focus for FY2017. These areas support goals identified by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Vision Project.

Pictured, at right, are: Captain Brad Lima, vice president of Academic Affairs, MMA; CCCC President John Cox; MCC President Charles Wall; BCC President and CONNECT Chair Jack Sbrega; CONNECT Executive Director Stacey Kaminski; and BSU President Fred Clark.

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 campus events

Don't Miss Young Frankenstein, Macbeth & Twelfth Night at BSU, MCC & CCCC

The performing arts are coming alive this fall with a fine array of theatrical offerings at CONNECT campuses. Young Frankenstein will have audience members in stitches in this electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film at Bridgewater State University - October 27, 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, military & students with ID. Email the Box Office or call 508.531.1321 for additional information.

Macbeth takes the stage at Massasoit Community College on October 27, 28 & 29 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee at 2:00 on the 29th. From his prophetic visit with three witches, follow Macbeth's journey to the throne, his tyrannical rule, civil war, ultimate madness and death. Tickets are $14 general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Click here to buy tickets online or call 508.427.1234 for additional information.

Shakespeare meets Dixieland in Cape Cod Community College's rollicking Twelfth Night. Director Ed O'Toole calls Twelfth Night "a simple story: a woman disguised as a man is in love with a man who's in love with another woman who loves the woman disguised as a man." Don't miss this "hilarious story that has had people laughing for 400 years!" Performances are at 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 4, 5,11 & 12 with 2:00 matinees on November 5,6 & 13. General admission tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Click here to buy tickets or call 508.375.4044 for additional information.

Criminal Justice Leadership Conference: The Path to Violent Radicalization, Prevention & De-radicalization Tuesday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Q&A 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at Massasoit Community College, One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton - Student Center, Upper Lounge

Join Robert Milton, retired commander of Scotland Yard and distinguished expert in the field of Counterterrorism, as he discusses recent terror attacks and how the criminal justice system as a whole must work together to stop similar events from occurring. Topics covered will include: What is meant by violent radicalization and extremism; Examination of the process of violent radicalization; What can be done to prevent an individual from becoming a violent extremist, and; Can we de-radicalize? This event is FREE and light lunch will be served. Contact Pat Faiella at 508.588.9100 x1916 with any questions.