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CONNECT: Part 1
Community College Collaborations in Public Higher Education. Testimony presented to the Joint Ways and Means Committee on Economic and Workforce Development. Summarized by Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President, Cape Cod Community College, February 23, 2004.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak on the happy partnership of higher education with Economic/Workforce Development. Although we have heard from Economic Development and Workforce Development as two separate administration departments here today, I use the term as one entity because they are so intrinsically linked and interconnected in the context of higher education, particularly community colleges. Specifically, I would like to describe for you CONNECT, a collaborative of our public higher education institutions in southeastern Massachusetts: Bristol, Massasoit, and Cape Cod Community Colleges; the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; and Bridgewater State College.
Collectively we are one of the largest employers in southeastern Massachusetts. Together we span two of the Regional Competitiveness Councils, both of whom identified in their reports (delivered last December) the centrality of higher education as a crucial fulcrum for workforce/economic development – a useful metaphor, that –
Together, we are working to enhance and expand what we have always done, namely:
Let me describe a specific example that involves several of the CONNECT institutions – an initiative to develop certificates and degrees for jobs in the emerging clean energy technologies. We will create the “career ladders” to train the workforce needed to drive the growth of these businesses. Specifically,