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.

Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Massasoit Community College Cape Cod Community College UMASS Dartmouth

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CONNECT Institutions Announce Summer Science Programs

School-aged children from throughout the region will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the summer science offerings at CONNECT campuses. Created for students in grades six through twelve, program topics include: forensics, robotics and game design, app development, and engineering design - 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.

2019 Lead Advisory Graduates Celebrated at April Program

A Look Back, A Look Forward: Reflection on the Journey was the theme of the seventh and final session of the 2018-2019 CONNECT Lead Advisory Leadership Program on April 12. Twenty-eight participants from Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Framingham State University, Massasoit Community College, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy reflected on their experience and looked ahead to the future during the celebratory event.

Members of this year’s graduating class are: Amy Barnes, Caren Collins, Eric Feibel, Sarah Landers, Denise McNulty, Lindsey McQuade, Meri Michaelson, Mary O’Neill, Christy Osborne, Heather Richards-Gay, Nadine Rodriguez, Tiffany Valente, Kerri Weed, and Donna Wood from Bridgewater State University; Dana Booker and Livia Neubert from Bristol Community College; Christine Pauk-Drake and Yuliya Garcia from Cape Cod Community College; Allison Chisholm, Wendy Davis, Andrea Dever, Amanda Haskins, Nicole Mason, and Evan Pagliuca from Framingham State University; Pamela Cerrud-Ahern from Massachusetts Maritime Academy; and Pauline Aiello, James Blandino, Evan Desatnick, and Cheryl Ryan from Massasoit Community College.

Pictured above are the 2019 program graduates. Click here for additional photos from the program.

CONNECT 2018 Annual Report Now Available

Learn more about CONNECT Partnership activities, initiatives, and accomplishments in the newly released 2018 Annual Report. Highlights include professional development programs, PK-12 outreach, STEM initiatives, and more. Click here to view the complete report.

Making Connections with Public Higher Education Event Held March 29 at UMASS Dartmouth

High school guidance counselors from throughout Southeastern Massachusetts joined CONNECT admissions and transfer professionals to learn about new opportunities and higher education pathways for high school students at the March 29th Making Connections with Public Higher Education event at UMASS Dartmouth. Relevant topics included A2B pathways, Commonwealth Commitment, and other programs for special populations that are available on our campuses. Click here for additional information & photos from the program.

CONNECT campus news & events

The Wizard of Oz Coming to BSU this July

The beloved tale The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg), tells the story of Dorothy Gale, a young woman living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreaming of escaping her mundane life. When a twister strikes the family farm, Dorothy and Toto are whisked over the rainbow to a far-away land filled with colorful characters and daring adventures; some who become her truest friends. The Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man journey with Dorothy to meet The Wizard in which they find out a shocking secret! Ultimately, Dorothy discovers the truth that not everyone is who they say they are and the delightful power that there really is "no place like home." Presented by the Family Performing Arts Center, performances are July 19-21 and 26-28. Click here for additional information and tickets.