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.  

Steve Bender

Executive Director, Training and Upgrading Fund, Hartford, Connecticut

The Labor/Management Workplace Education Program is first class all the way.  Over the years, my program staff has had the privilege of interacting with LMWE staff and members, and it has been a true learning process.  LMWE’s groundbreaking work on issues of “class and caste” is to be commended.


Clare Moore

Education and Training Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Belfast, Northern Ireland

My visit to the LMWE programme at UMASS was inspirational.  I was exhilarated by the commitment, passion and expertise exhibited by the staff and excited by their vision of workplace education.   The experience of visiting LMWE has certainly influenced my work with the trade union movement in Northern Ireland and I look forward to hearing about new ideas and programmes in the future.

Jakob Erle, Ph.D.

President, Association for World Education, Hvalse, Denmark

The Association for World Education is thrilled about the upcoming cooperation with the Labor/ Management Workplace Education Program at UMass, Amherst. The impact of globalization, information technology, climate change and the energy/food crisis are felt all over the world.  It is essential to connect local learners across the globe and we see our cooperation as an important step.