The awards and recognition, listed below, hint at the unique breadth and depth of our program.

Awards and Citations

  • Cited by the Massachusetts State Senate for Exemplary, Innovative, and Successful Worker Education Services
  • Cited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the English Works Campaign for Workplace English Offerings, presented by the Lieutenant Governor
  • Cited by the College and University Personnel Association for “Next Steps” Empowerment Offerings
  • Cited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Partnership Efforts
  • Cited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Effective Program Design


  • By the Association of Joint Labor and Management Workplace Educational Programs for Attention to Issues of  Caste and Class
  • By the US Secretary of Labor for Worker Education Services
  • By the Regional Workforce Development Board for Recruitment Efforts
  • By Commonwealth Corporation for Older Worker Education and for Effective Pre-Apprenticeship Education
  • By The Stone Center for Innovative and Effective Teaching Techniques

Media Coverage

  • The New York Times for Innovative Education at the Workplace
  • The Washington Post for Efforts on Behalf of Early Childhood Educators
  • Archdiocese of Springfield Television for Commitment to Social Justice and Diversity
  • Promoted (via national down-link video) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Effective Worker Involvement
  • More than 15 media articles about the program


What follows below are three sample testimonials, rotations from a larger pool.  

Carol Kolenik

Director, Bridge to Learning and Literacy Program, Harvard University

The UMass Amherst worker education program is the premier program in the country…

Garett diStefano

Director, UMass Dining Services

LMWE has provided some amazing services, and I wouldn’t even consider them services, I consider them partners. They have worked with us for a number of years now.  They understand our organization.  They understand our people.  We feel as though we are working together to achieve excellence. Their approach is  professional.  They come around and ask a lot of questions and try to get to know you as an organization.  They understand what short- and long-term results are, as well as some of the business challenges. They’re not trying to put a cookie cutter approach to something.  They’re customized to what your organization is, using standard and scientific types of principals to achieve long term results.

Maggie Drouineaud

Compliance Analyst, UMass Building Authority

Three years ago, I met the staff at Community Works to learn about their program and learn how UMass Building Authority could assist them with the great they are doing in attracting minorities and females in the construction trades. Community Works is really focused on hiring residents in Springfield and Holyoke who would like to pursue a career in construction. Staff there are very passionate about the work and they also work in collaboration with the local unions, contractors and community organizations to provide a high level of apprenticeship and education to the underrepresented populations in the trade. They are amazing folks.  Good job you guys, keep up the good work.