CONNECT Leaders Attend Planning Retreat
Leaders from the CONNECT institutions recently participated in their annual retreat at the J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center. Throughout the day they worked to establish the organization's priorities for the 2014 - 2015 academic year and beyond. Those attending, pictured at right from L - R, included: President John Cox (CCCC), President Jack Sbrega (BCC), Chancellor Divina Grossman (UMD), CONNECT Executive Director Stacey Kaminski, President Charles Wall (MCC), and on behalf of President Dana Mohler-Faria, Executive Vice President Fred Clark (BSU).
Over a 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, or math (STEM) in college.
All programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here for information on dates, locations, and cost.
More than 70 leaders from higher education, economic development, and industry gathered in Fall River this November for a panel discussion on workforce needs in health care in Southeastern Massachusetts. Rebekah Lashman of the Commonwealth Corporation started the program with an overview of data about the coming employment needs in health care. Sheila Sullivan-Jardim, executive director of the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, moderated the discussion, with representatives of leading area companies Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Inc., Signature Healthcare, and Southcoast Health System. View the video of the conversation here.
Sponsored by CONNECT and the Commonwealth Corporation.
NEW: Click here to view both plenary and breakout sessions of the conference.
On August 8, 75 leaders from higher education, economic development, and industry gathered in Fall River for a panel discussion on workforce needs in Advanced Manufacturing in Southeastern Massachusetts. Dr. Michael Goodman started the program with an overview of data about the coming employment needs in manufacturing. Nancy Snyder, president of the Commonwealth Corporation, moderated the discussion, with representatives of leading area companies AccuRounds, Acushnet, Controls for Automation, and Precix. View the discussion here. View the related article from the Southcoast Business Bulletin here. To see the related article referencing both workforce breakfasts, click here.
The CONNECT CEOs recently hosted a discussion of Biotechnology & Life Science workforce needs and how companies and educational institutions can partner to ensure a skilled, qualified, and ready workforce. Lance Hartford, executive director of MassBioEd, presented research outlining workforce and training needs of life sciences companies in southeastern Massachusetts. View his presentation here. Panelists were leaders of top southeastern Massachusetts Life Sciences companies: ORGANOGENESIS, PrimeraDX, and SMITHERS VISCIENT. View the discussion here. This was the first in a CONNECT series of high level discussions promoting workforce alignment in southeastern Massachusetts.
Panelists and speakers pictured below, (L-R): Fred Clark, BSU; Jessica Riley, PrimeraDX; Dina Minerd, Organogenesis; Susan Shepherd, Smithers Viscient; President Charles Wall, MCC; Lance Hartford, MassBioEd; Nancy Snyder, Commonwealth Corporation; President Jack Sbrega, BCC.
New Video Introduces CONNECTLink, Our One-Stop Site for Interns
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.