Create Purposeful Community Partnerships

Esther Blondin, foundress of the Sisters of Saint Anne, has been a guiding inspiration for our vision, especially her dedication to access and diversity and to educating the whole person for lives of consequence and service.

Dedication to

A critical goal of the Something Greater Strategic Plan is to cultivate, develop, and engage external partnerships across the Greater Worcester community to heighten the value of an Anna Maria education while supporting the region’s educational and economic advancement. Fundamental to this strategic goal is expanding internship, clinical, and student-teaching partnerships across our professional programs, as well as engaging corporations, businesses, hospitals, community agencies, and other organizations in designing and delivering degree programs and continuing education that are highly relevant to their industries, workforces, and specific requirements and needs.

Anna Maria College is a major influence in the educational, cultural, and economic vitality of our regional community. Here are some examples:

  • Eighty-five percent of our nearly 1,500. students come from Greater Worcester and New England.
  • Nearly 80% of our students remain in the region to work immediately upon graduation.
  • Our students and faculty contribute approximately 5,700 hours annually in community service and volunteer activities.
  • Each year our students are involved in some 500 internships, student teaching, nursing and clinical experiences, and other program-related employment in the region.

Continuing and Professional Education Outreach

Engage business, healthcare, education, and other community partners in strategic conversations on educational, training, and human resource development needs in the region and for their organizations. Determine where the College’s curriculum, discipline content, faculty, and capabilities best align with needs and requirements. Design and deliver degree, certificate, training, continuing education, onsite/online, and other programs.

Programs for Community Education and Involvement

Expand community, educational, cultural, spiritual development, sports, and other on-campus programming to enhance the College’s service to the local community while augmenting the involvement of its faculty and staff and the use of its campus, facilities, and other resources. Heighten on-campus participation particularly during the summer months through precollege programs, campus (academic, technology, performing arts, sports), and spiritual retreats.

Educational Partnerships and Pathways

Cultivate, develop, and strengthen external regional partnerships in support of internships, clinical and field experiences, student-teaching, project learning, civic engagement, graduate placement, applied research, and faculty consulting. Expand regional recruitment and admission of transfer students; build relationships with community colleges and other referral sources. Strengthen and broaden recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students across New England.

Alumni, Stakeholder, and Community Engagement

Design and implement a systematic program of alumni engagement and participation around demonstrated interests, affinity, satisfaction, and age groupings. Identify key stakeholder and community leadership groups for outreach, cultivation, and engagement, such as business and organization executives, elected and appointed government officials, diocesan and religious leaders, community and philanthropic leaders, and media representatives.