CONNECT colleges provide more access through educational alliances in satellite campuses in the region’s major cities.

The CONNECT colleges are supported, financially and otherwise, by the people they were established to serve. We recognize that the public expects us to act honorably and responsibly, and to use our public funds wisely. As we fulfill our primary goal of providing high quality education, we also acknowledge the trust placed in us by achieving economies of scale, and by sharing the intellectual capital of our faculty, staff, and students.

Cape Cod Community College —in conjunction with UMass Dartmouth, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, technical high schools, municipalities, and private industries—leads an environmental collaborative based on the “green campus” movement that encourages environmentally responsible management at all levels. This award-winning program, which has placed 300 interns in the public and private sectors, has earned the college an EPA merit award and three NSF grants.

Bridgewater State University has received more than $5 million in federal and state grants for its GeoGraphics Laboratory supporting research applications for the transportation industry. The college’s faculty and students helped to develop the technology that launched the Intelligent Transportation System on Cape Cod.

The former Star Store in downtown New Bedford is now a striking, modern campus shared by UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and Bristol Community College. The two schools, joined by Bridgewater State College, forged a similar educational alliance in downtown Fall River, transforming the Cherry & Webb building into the Professional Development Center.

Massasoit and Bristol community colleges jointly contribute expertise and training resources in a WebCT “Camp” each summer to develop faculty online course training and participation.

UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Policy Analysis, a multidisciplinary research unit to facilitate economic, social, and political development, provides research, information, and technical assistance for business, government, and non-profit and educational agencies. In the last decade, the center has completed more than 150 commissioned studies on a variety of modern-day issues.