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.  

Sarah Poissant, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Disorders, former chair of LMWE Advisory Committee

I originally came to the LMWEP advisory committee as an educator who had very little experience with workplace programs. I was fascinated and had to learn as much as I could about the very impressive work that was happening here. Since that time, my involvement with the LMWE has been nothing less than inspiring. Mutually respectful relationships between all members of the advisory board and program staff make our meetings a welcomed sanctuary where much work is accomplished in a very effective, efficient manner. I learn something new each time we convene and I am so very impressed with the fact that no matter the workload, no matter the resources, the focus always remains on the learners and their individual needs. I can honestly say that the time I devote to LMWE is some of the most important time I spend on the UMass Amherst campus; I am proud to be of service to such an innovative, successful, and necessary program.

Mara Martins

Maintainer I, Physical Plant

The Partnership for Worker Education gave us the opportunity also to get a promotion because it teaches us everything we need to know to improve ourselves.

Harmon Lisnow

Rormer Executive Director, Career Development Institute, Indiana. Leading national voice in the field of worker education

Stunning in its impact on participants and I can say without qualification that it might be the very best workshop I have attended in my professional career. The content was extremely relevant, dynamically interactive, and generated epiphanies concerning class and caste.