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


CONNECT Key Talent Program Celebrates Inaugural Class

The CONNECT Partnership is pleased to announce that twenty-one aspiring administrators, representing each of its institutions, have successfully completed a professional learning series on leadership in higher education.  Throughout this innovative seven-month program, which was facilitated by Breakthrough Collaboration, participants engaged in collegial conversations and role-playing activities which enhanced their knowledge and skills in domains that are pertinent for higher education leaders.  Topics examined included: The Inner Leader: Defining Your Personal Leadership Style; Leadership Communication: Managing Relationships; Creating a Performance –Based Culture: Motivation, Coaching and Feedback; Teambuilding and Team Management: Clarifying Expectations, Enabling Success; Problem Solving and Decision Making: Thinking Strategically; and Leading through Change: Transformational Leadership.

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CONNECT Announces 2015 Summer of Science Programs

More than one thousand of the region's elementary through high school students will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the public colleges and universities in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Summer of Science Programs were initiated by the CONNECT CEOs who see a clear connection between kids working hands-on with science at an early age and their ability and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) in college. Most programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here for information on dates, times, locations and cost.

Taunton Life Sciences Center Study Underway

A feasibility study is underway to assess regional training needs necessary to grow the life sciences industry in Southeastern Massachusetts. CONNECT has partnered with New England Expansion Strategies to both assess the need and subsequently develop the business plan for a life sciences education and training center at the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is providing funding for the study and subsequent building project. With the pivotal support of State Senator Marc Pacheco, $5 million in capital funding was designated for the project as part of the commonwealth's $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative approved by the legislature in 2008. Read the complete press release here.

Residential STEM Program for Girls Offered this Summer

CONNECT has partnered with the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network and others to create "Envision the Future" -- a five-day residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for girls ages 11 - 13. The program, scheduled July 20 - 24 at Bridgewater State University, will provide 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. Click here for additional information.


Discover 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.