UMass Amherst Enters into Collaboration with The Ken Blanchard Companies To Offer Online Management Training Workshops

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AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst and The Ken Blanchard Companies have entered a strategic collaboration to provide a new online learning experience for professional development.

The collaboration will create convenient, affordable access to multiple management training workshops including Building Trust, Coaching Essentials, The SLII Experience, First-time Manager, Self-Leadership and Legendary Service. Expert facilitators from The Ken Blanchard Companies will deliver live, virtual training sessions that allow participants to experience world-class content remotely anytime, anyplace.

“UMass Amherst wants to create learning experiences that support the needs of our students at every stage of their education and professional lives,” said John Wells, senior vice provost for lifelong learning at UMass Amherst. “As part of the broader University Without Walls offerings, professional development programs such as these support the goal of offering students lifelong access to the UMass Amherst experience.”    

The programs will be offered to both current students and alumni at a discounted rate. The programs are ideal for alumni currently in leadership positions who are looking for ways to develop new or first-time managers. Additionally, current students or recent alumni would benefit from the training, which will support their professional growth goals.

"The collaboration with the Ken Blanchard Companies is in line with the Isenberg School of Management’s mission to provide high-quality educational programs that prepare our students for a rapidly changing business environment. Such professional development opportunities are critical to the lifelong learning required to be an effective leader in today’s economy,” said Isenberg School Dean Anne Massey.  

More information on the programs being offered as well as directions on how to enroll can be found at:

“I am delighted with the new strategic collaboration for online learning between The Ken Blanchard Companies and UMass Amherst, where my wife, Margie, and I spent six delightful years. As a former UMass faculty member, I am thrilled with the new collaborative relationship our company has developed with our colleagues from Amherst,” said Ken Blanchard.

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in beautiful Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. Working with UMass Amherst schools and colleges, University Without Walls (UWW) is a leader in online education offering degrees and certificates in a number of subject areas. The vision for UWW at UMass Amherst is to create a learning experience that supports the needs and goals of lifelong learners. UWW will expand access to education by creating high-quality, innovative pathways that meet the unique needs of future learners anytime, anyplace.

About The Ken Blanchard Companies

The Ken Blanchard Companies is a global leader in management training and coaching. For more than 40 years, Blanchard® has been training the world’s best managers. From the award-winning First-time Manager program—based on the best-selling business book, The New One Minute Manager®—to SLII®, the most widely taught leadership model in the world, Blanchard is a provider of choice for Fortune 500 companies as well as small-to-medium businesses, governments and educational and nonprofit organizations.

Blanchard is a former professor in the UMass Amherst College of Education, where he served from 1970 until 1976 teaching undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. Blanchard has continued to lecture at UMass over the years.