Off-Campus Programs

Though we are based at the largest worksite in western Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, we also provide workplace and community education programs throughout the Commonwealth.  Our off-campus programs and services include a diverse array of classes, workshops, workplace needs assessments, grant writing and research services to employers, unions, communities, organizations and institutions who are interested in upgrading the skills of their employees or members.  See also News. 


Here is information and links to some of our current off-campus programs:

Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (SHAEC)

The Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (SHAEC) has been offering quality adult education programming in the Southern Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts for the past thirteen years.  Students can study math, science, reading, writing, social studies, computers and other subjects that enhance workplace skills and encourage leadership.  Most of our GED, Adult basic education, and computer classes are held at our computer lab, consisting of nine computers, housed in room 152, in the Gateway Regional High School Complex.  Our computer lab is open to the public, and available for use by appointment, arrangement, or during regularly scheduled class times.  Our core classes focus on work readiness, employment, job training, basic and intermediate computer skills, and are always free.  Contact Michele Klemaszewski for more information or visit our website at:


The Early Childhood Education Project (ECE)

The Early Childhood Educator Higher Education Project The Early Childhood Educator Project at Labor/Management Workplace Education provides promising approaches to higher education and workforce training and development. Our approaches are specifically designed to build the reading, writing, math, computer, English language and socio-emotional skills of both dual language, English language learner and native English speaking under-prepared state-licensed early childhood educators.  

Since 2010, with funding and support from the Commonwealth Corporation’s Learn at Work Initiative, the Early Childhood Educator Project staff have created and implemented highly successful workforce higher education development programming to develop the adult literacy competencies and professional qualifications of under-educated early childhood educators. Our strategy involves pinpointing the individual educator’s adult literacy skill levels FIRST so that have the appropriate support to more effectively meet current Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) mandated professional development hours and state-licensure credentials, increase their overall academic standing and move toward college entrance.

To date we have produced significant and positive early childhood educator adult learning outcomes by incorporating the essential elements of base-line English language (ABE: Adult Basic Education) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages) proficiency testing supported by comprehensive coursework that integrates basic skills training with contextualized early education and care professional development modalities, including, for example, a contextualized CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) course, contextualized bi-lingual Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Quality Rating and Information (QRIS) Trainings, and pre-Accuplacer credited community college early education coursework.  Our model includes student instruction specific to state and national early education and care standards/competencies and common core state standards in English and math. 

The Early Education Project receives state and national recognition for this important work.  In February (2015) The Washington Post published an article that Dr. Elizabeth A. Gilbert wrote:

Dr. Gilbert’s article was picked up and featured in Education Week: and on Harvard University’s Saguaro Seminar Strategies for Children:

Blog journalist Alyssa Haywood did a feature article about the LMWEP's early education project. Here is the link: 

The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation ( has actively supported our early education project over the past six years.  Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail Initiative ( and Next Generation ( have commended our efforts, as has the Teach Stone Training Group LLC. (

This fall (2015) the New York Times Magazine plans to do a piece on the work that we are doing to educate and support under-educated early childhood educators in Massachusetts.  For more information on the Early Childhood Educator Program at Labor/Management Workplace Education, please contact the Early Education Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth A. Gilbert: or at 413-230-3503.

Community Works

Community Works is a 6‐week adult workforce training program offered in Springfield and Holyoke to prepare qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades ‐ the pathway to a rewarding career in construction. Through Career Readiness and Occupational Skills Training, with classroom and hands‐on learning experiences, Community Works will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to apply for and enter into a state‐registered Building Trades apprenticeship program You will also receive coordinated case management and placement services to help you achieve your career goals. Learn more about Community Works.

Community Works was recently featured on Click here to read the article