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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Help, Hope & Recovery - 400+ Attend Substance Use Disorders Summit for Young Adults at UMASS Dartmouth

More than 400 students, faculty, and community members representing 19 higher education and community organizations attended the Regional Substance Use Disorders Summit for Young Adults on September 28. Sponsored by CONNECT and UMASS Dartmouth, the summit was the third in a series aimed at sharing best practices, forming partnerships, and educating students and the community-at-large about the scope and severity of the epidemic. An April summit at the BCC Attleboro Campus focused on community partnerships, while higher education was the focus of the March summit held at BSU. Click here to access resources from all three events.

New Key Talent Leadership Program to Begin in October

Recruiting is complete for the fourth year of CONNECT's Key Talent Leadership Program. Aspiring leaders from CONNECT institutions along with Bunker Hill Community College, Framingham State University, and Salem State University will 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. Click here for additional information about the program.

CONNECT campus news & events

BCC Recognized as a Best College for Adult Learners - 2 Year Colleges

Bristol Community College recently was ranked in the top 100 of Washington Monthly's 2017 College Guide and Rankings listing of Best Colleges for Adult Learners - 2 Year Colleges. Considerations of the designation include ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, and services for adult students, among other factors. Read more...

Serving adult learners and increasing postsecondary degree attainment is the goal of CONNECT's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) initiative supported by the Davis Educational Foundation. In collaboration with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), CONNECT has embarked on a multi-year process designed to implement a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) system throughout its institutions. Read more...


October 20-22 & 26-28, Bridgewater State University

Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success…while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication.

Tickets range from $10 - $19. Click here for additional information & tickets.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

October 26-29 & Novemer 2-5, Cape Cod Community College

Having opened in 1988 and holding the record for the longest-running show in Chicago history, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” is an ensemble experiment in presenting 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each night 30 plays are performed in random order as determined by the audience. The collection of plays include the comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract and reflects the lives and experiences of all who attend.

Tickets range from $6 - $21. Click here for additional information & tickets.