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Fall 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.

Working Better Together

Workshops helping you to navigate the UMass workplace. Sign up for one or more sessions.

SESSION 1: MOVING UP—EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT UMASS

Thursday, November 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Center Room 917

A fabulous opportunity to meet with department and employment office managers—includes an overview of the employment office, updating your job application form and skills set, testing procedures, and requirements for many campus jobs. You’ll also hear from department managers about what they are looking for when they hire. Yvonne Campbell, manager of the Employment Office, and department managers.

SESSION 2: UNTAPPED BENEFITS

Thursday, November 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Center Room 917

Learn about some of the benefits that don’t show up on your pay stub: education opportunities, scholarships, recreation opportunities, reduced fees and discounts for events, museums, restaurants… and more! Leslie Fraser, instructor

SESSION 3: VETERANS BENEFITS FOR STAFF WHO ARE VETS

Thursday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Campus Center Room 917

Learn about some of the benefits that you may be entitled to as an armed services veteran. Steve James Connor, director of the Central Hampshire Veterans Services

Communications & Writing

We Are More than You See

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., October 7 to November 18, (NO class 10/28 & 11/11), Photo Lab Bldg. Rm. 302

Do you have a life outside of UMass that students and staff don’t get to see? The people who work at UMass have powerful stories to share. 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

Respectful Workplace: Workshops helping to make UMass a better place to work for everyone.

Intro to Anti-Bullying (For New Staff & Faculty)

CHOOSE ONE SESSION:
Wed, October 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Student Union Ballroom
Fri, October 31, 9-11 a.m., Campus Center 165-69
Fri, November 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 165-69
Tue, November 18, 2-4 p.m., Campus Center 163C
Wed, January 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 163C

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched an initiative aimed at increasing understanding of the problem of workplace bullying, reducing its occurrence, and clarifying the responsibility of supervisors for ensuring a productive workplace in which all can contribute to their maximum potential.  Attendance at one of these workshops is mandatory for all faculty and staff members (including post-docs) and for graduate student employees who receive stipends.

If you missed the spring workshops on workplace bullying, please register for this introductory workshop.  All employees required to take this workshop shall be granted release time to attend.  Co-facilitated by LMWEP and WLD

Workplace Bullying at UMass Amherst - NOW WHAT?

CHOOSE ONE SESSION: Tuesday, October 28, 9 to 11 a.m. CC Room 804, OR Wednesday, November 12, 9 to 11 a.m., Campus Center Room 905

This workshop will explore how workplace bullying is defined, explain the campus procedures and resources for dealing with workplace bullying, and provide some tools and strategies that can be used to support a respectful and bully-free workplace. Co-facilitated by Amy Brodigan, LMWEP, and Margaret Arsenault, WLD

Stopping Workplace Bullying - WHAT’S MY ROLE? 

Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., January 15, January 22, and January 29, Campus Center Room 917

Have you seen behavior that hurts or undermines other staff? Do you want to help create a campus community where everyone is respected? Join us for a class that will help you stop and change hurtful behavior. Instead of being a passive bystander—wondering what to say or do—learn new skills for change and empowerment and become an active bystander. Co-taught by Leslie Fraser, LMWEP, and Chris Mckenzie-Willenbrock, WLD

Career Growth and Learning

Getting Into Gear: EXPLORING JOBS AND CAREERS

Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, November 3, November 10, November 17, 210 Dickinson Hall

Are you wondering about next steps in your work life? Do you want to learn some tools to help you figure out the best options for you? The world of work is changing, and Massachusetts workers have some fabulous information and research websites that will truly help in career, education, and jobs planning. This class will help you define your dream job and offer reality checks along the way.  —Leslie Fraser, instructor

Resumes, Cover Letters & Presenting Your Best Self

Thursday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Center Room 917

Learn how to create a resume that works for you, craft a cover letter that promotes your strengths and skills, and gather tips on using social media, networking, and putting your best self forward in the world of work.  —Leslie Fraser, instructor

*Career and Education Advising*
Could you do almost anything if you only knew what it was you wanted to do? Do you know what you’d like to do, but need help getting there? Would you like some help with work and education goals? Make an appointment with Leslie Fraser: 545-1600 or lfraser@admin.umass.edu

Green Your Home!

Save Energy & Save Money. New this fall: 3 workshops on concrete ways you can save energy and money with home retrofits and solar energy options. Sign up for one or more sessions.

SESSION 1: LOW-COST HOME ENERGY OPTIONS & MORE

Wednesday, November 5, 9 to 10:45 a.m., Campus Center 905

In this workshop you’ll learn twelve different ways to really lower your energy usage, cut your utility bills, and help the environment. Most are free or low-cost, while others require some investment, including heat pumps. All have very good returns on the investment.  You’ll also learn where to find funds to do energy upgrades to your home. Taught by Peter Talmage, former Greenfield Community College energy efficiency instructor.

SESSION 2: SOLAR HOT WATER

Wednesday, November 12, 9 to 10:45 a.m., Campus Center 165

Find out how solar hot water systems work and what state and federal incentives are available for your home. A two-collector solar hot water system can provide 60-70% of the hot water for a two- to four-person household. New state rebates help reduce costs of a two-collector solar hot water system to about $2500 or less! Solar hot water collectors can be matched up with many different backup sources.  The option for a free home site evaluation by an installer is included. Taught by technical staff from Stiebel-Eltron  in Hatfield, MA.

SESSION 3: SOLAR ELECTRICITY

Wednesday, November 19, 9 to 10:45 a.m., Campus Center 165

Learn how solar electric PV (photovoltaic) systems work and ways to make it affordable right now. Solar electricity benefits include:
•    Reduction or elimination of your electric bill
•    Increased resale value of your home, but not your taxes
•    30% federal tax credit on your PV system
•    $1000 state tax credit
•    Cash rebates up to $3250
•    Income through the sale of Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
•    25 year equipment warranty
•    System payback within 5-7 years
You’ll also be able to set up a free home site consultation visit. Taught by local PV installers from Northeast Solar.

Health and Wellness

Getting Healthy: EXERCISE TO BENEFIT YOUR WORKLIFE

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, October 14 & 28, Recreation Center

Learn techniques and exercises to relieve stress and revive your workday. You will learn wellness tips for healthy living, exercises for the office, as well as relaxation and stress reduction techniques. Taught by Jill Isabelle, assistant director of fitness/wellness, and Rec Center staff.

Financial Health

Financial Fitness Fundamentals - A series of workshops, in collaboration with the UMass Five College Credit Union. Sign up for one or more sessions.

SESSION 1: BUDGETING ESSENTIALS & UNDERSTANDING CREDIT

Tuesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Campus Center Room 917

Learn how to set realistic financial goals, manage and save money, create a budget, and use credit wisely—includes over 200 money saving tips you can start using right away. Sean Capaloff-Jones, instructor

SESSION 2: PAYING DOWN DEBT

Monday, October 20, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Campus Center Room 905

Learn how to get out of debt, meet long-term financial goals, and create a financial action plan. Sean Capaloff-Jones, instructor

SESSION 3: CREATING A  BUDGET YOU CAN LIVE WITH

Monday, November 24, 10:30 a.m. to Noon, 210 Dickinson Hall

Using an online budget planner that looks at living costs based on area rents and expenses, we will help you figure out how to create a budget that you can live with. Leslie Fraser, instructor

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