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Spring 2014 Next Steps Classes

Our Next Steps classes go beyond the basics, offering essential skills for work and life. Classes can improve your overall effectiveness, making you more valuable in your present job and positioning you for increased responsibility, for moving up, or for trying something new.

Entering the Trades

Wednesday, March 19
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Campus Center 804

Do you want to enter the trades? This workshop will discuss possible pathways at UMass, requirements, and resources for entering the trades, as well as pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. Maureen Carney of the AFL-CIO, Mary Vogel of the Construction Institute, Joe Malinowski, president of AFSCME, and Joe Connolly of Labor/Management Workplace Education will present information about options for entering the trades. Cosponsored by Labor/Mangement Workplace Education, AFSCME, and Residential Life.

College for a Day

Thursday, March 20
7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interested in a college education? Try it out for free on Thursday, March 20, at Holyoke Community College. You can take sample classes in: business, forensic science/criminal justice, electronic media/computers, health, nursing, biology, culinary arts, and more.  Learn about admission options and transition to college programs too. UMass employees are eligible for tuition waivers.  Limited to the first 10 people to sign up and we are able to get release time for.  —Fran Fortino, instructor

Speak Up! Using Your Voice for Your Union and Your Job

Schedule to be arranged with AFSCME Local 1776

Are you you nervous about speaking up on the job? Do you lead meetings, speak out, or talk in front of groups? In this 4-session class, geared for union stewards, we will learn public speaking skills make it easier for you to speak up. We’ll practice speaking and receive support and feedback from class members and union leaders.  —Leslie Fraser, instructor

Career and Education Advising

In these times of economic uncertainty, what can you do to get ready for a better job? Are you ready to move up or out of administrative work? Do you want to do something that’s less strenuous on your body, but don’t know what job skills you would need? Do you know what you’d like to do, but need help getting there? Are you wondering how to get on a track that will lead to a better job? Would you like some help with educational goals and direction? If you are looking for a way to put your life goals to work for you, make an appointment with Leslie Fraser: call 545-1600 or email

We Are More than You See

Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
February 11 to March 11
115 South College

The people who work at UMass have powerful life stories to share. Do you have a life outside of UMass that students and staff don’t get to see? Perhaps you play in a band, write poetry, or grow food for farmers’ markets. Or maybe you lived in another country and have world experiences that our campus can learn from. Join this 5-session writing workshop, where you will learn how to craft writing that shares what’s most important about you. And if you would like to collect other people’s stories, we will help you develop skills to do that. Everyone is welcome—just bring a notebook, a pen, and your writing voice.   —Leslie Fraser, instructor

Writing at Work

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
115 South College
March 27 to April 10

Three sessions on writing basics—sign up for one or more.
SESSION 1: HOW TO E MAIL IT: Covers basic email etiquette, correspondence, and responses to workplace queries
SESSION 2: GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT: Promoting events, copy for e-blasts, delivering your department news… what works?
SESSION 3: POWERFUL WORDS: Powerful writing uses powerful words. We’ll look at word choice and ways to make change by changing your words.

From Work to Wellness

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 to 12:30 p.m.
March 18 to April 22
Meet in front of the Recreation Center
-Taught by Jill Isabelle, assistant director of fitness/wellness, and Rec Center staff

UMass staff are encouraged to join the Rec Center’s “From Work to Wellness” campaign by walking and talking twice a week for six weeks. While we walk, we’ll learn about wellness topics and plan strategies that will keep us moving into fitness and better health. UMass Campus Recreation offers discounted memberships to staff who join this class, where you can participate in exercise classes, cardiovascular and strength training, and fitness coaching—from May to September, membership is only $40.

Investing in Your Future: A workshop series, in collaboration with the UMass Five College Credit Union

Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:00 p.m.
February 13, February 20, February 27 -Sign up for one or more sessions.
Campus Center 917
Investing 101- February 13

In this workshop we will discuss several topics, including the basics of stocks and bonds, the benefits of asset allocation, and why investing NOW may help you meet your unique financial goals.  For those new to investing, or a refresher course, this is an opportunity to ask your financial questions.

Retirement Income Planning - February 20

Regardless of age and place in your career, most of us plan to one day retire. In this seminar, a CFS* Financial Advisor will help answer questions such as, what do I need to consider in preparing for my retirement? And, will my money last? We will discuss the financial risks of retirement and the essential elements to a retirement income plan.

Estate Planning - February 27

Attorney Dave Carlson will discuss information on wills, trusts, Medicaid eligibility, power of attorney and other issues related to Estate Planning. Come and learn how to put your estate in order. Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. UMassFive College Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.