Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (SHAEC) started in the summer of 1999 and is a program of The Partnership for Worker Education at UMass Amherst. The Partnership for Worker Education is part of the Office of Human Resources of UMass Amherst.

The Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center offers the only adult education program of classes and workshops for the Southern Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Our programming encourages workplace readiness skills, which include computer skills, High School Equivalency Test (GED) / HiSet preparation, computer readiness skills for personal and professional use, and support for small business owners in the Southern Hilltown region.