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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)

UMass Labor/Management Workplace Education provides educational services to entry level Early Childhood Education (ECE) workers while working in partnership with Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield Inc., New North Citizen’s Council, New Beginnings Childcare, and UAW Local 2322.  Classes in Springfield focus on the Childhood Development Associate (CDA) certificate credential requirements, state and national early childcare competencies, and Common Core State Standards in English and math.   Six classes, funded by Commonwealth Corporation for three years, prepare childcare workers to earn their CDA as they practice and define their workplace and college readiness skills.

With funding from the Commonwealth Corporation Learn at Work Grant LMWEP staff have developed and are implementing a cutting edge professional development/higher education model to support the higher educational needs of a very important workforce constituency in Massachusetts, the under-prepared pre-college early childhood educator.  LMWEP's Early Childhood Education (ECE) Learn at Work staff are currently in their fourth year of providing adult educational services to early educators in Hampden County.

ECE Learn at Work partners include: a number of Hampden County Early Education and Care employers, the Holyoke Career Center, SEIU 509 and UAW 2322.  To date, our program has produced significant student/learner outcomes by incorporating the essential elements of base-line English language and ESOL proficiency testing, supported by contextualized ECE learning modalities based on student need, including a contextualized CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) and “for-credit” pre-Accuplacer ECE contextualized college course work with tutoring support and academic advising.  

Classes are currently being held in Holyoke and Springfield. Class focus for the next two years will be on the successful completion of CDA credential requirements, state and national early childcare competencies, and Common Core State Standards in English and math and the successful completion of credited college course work upon completion of the CDA credential.

For more information on the ECE Learn at Work Program please contact the Program Coordinator Dr. Elizabeth A. Gilbert, or Sharon Feeney

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. For more information about Community Works, continue reading here...

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