Spring 2024 Class Registration

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Computer Classes
CLASS IS CLOSED Thursdays, 1 - 2:30pm - March 7, 14, 21, and 28 - 210 Dickinson
Good UMass jobs require more technical skills than ever before. In this beginner 4-week class, you will get an introduction to MS Word and Excel. The Basic Computer Skills class will include time to practice creating documents and spreadsheets. This class will boost your computer skills and confidence even if you don't own a computer. Instructor: Heather Morgan
CLASS IS CLOSED Thursdays, 9 - 11am - April 4 through May 2 - Room 210 Dickinson
Make yourself smart. Learn to track your finances and keep a budget in this 5-week class. We will cover the basic functions and terminology of MS Excel, the most used spreadsheet app. You will learn worksheet data entry, editing and formatting; saving and printing options; basic formulas and functions; and a few chart options. Topics may be added based on participant needs. Instructor: Fran Fortino
Thursdays, 12 – 2pm - April 4 to May 2 - Room 210 Dickinson
Expand your knowledge of Excel by learning more functions and formatting tricks. This 5-week intermediate class will cover more complex and useful functions - cell and conditional formatting, linking worksheets, and pivot tables to make your data easier to understand. You’ll learn how to format worksheets effectively and use Excel functions, including IF, V Lookup & Match. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Excel. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Excel. Instructor: Fran Fortino
Tuesday, April 30, from 1 - 3pm, on Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Canva is a free graphic design platform that can create business cards, Zoom backgrounds, flyers, presentations, lesson plans, and more. Learn how to upload and edit your photos and use the Canva drag-and-drop interface to create your design or modify one of Canva's free templates. This class will be held in-person and remotely. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills Instructor: Heather Morgan
Thursday, May 9, from 1 - 3pm, on Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Canva is a free graphic design platform that can create business cards, Zoom backgrounds, flyers, presentations, lesson plans, and more. Learn how to upload and edit your photos and use the Canva drag-and-drop interface to create your design or modify one of Canva's free templates. This class will be held in-person and remotely. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, April 10 from 12 - 1pm
This one-hour class will introduce you to Pivot Tables and how they can make your worksheets more manageable. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in April.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, March 13 from 12 - 1pm
This one-hour class will introduce you to Pivot Tables and how they can make your worksheets more manageable. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in March.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, April 17, 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
Excel tables help you manage your data, while charts allow you to illustrate your workbook data graphically. In one hour, you will learn how to create Excel tables and create and modify charts. This class is for people who are familiar with Excel. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in April.) Instructor: Heather Morgan Prerequisite: Basic Excel.
Wednesday, March 20, 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
Excel tables help you manage your data, while charts allow you to illustrate your workbook data graphically. In one hour, you will learn how to create Excel tables and create and modify charts. This class is for people who are familiar with Excel. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in March.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel.Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, April 3 at 12-1pm
An Excel macro records your mouse clicks and keystrokes so you can run an action as many times as you want. This class is an introduction to Macros in MS Excel. This class requires Intermediate Excel skills. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in April.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, March 6 at 12-1pm
An Excel macro records your mouse clicks and keystrokes so you can run an action as many times as you want. This class is an introduction to Macros in MS Excel. This class requires Intermediate Excel skills. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in March.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, April 24, from 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
This class is a one-hour introductory class in formulas and functions. Must have a basic understanding of Excel. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in April.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, March 27, from 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
This class is a one-hour introductory class in formulas and functions. Must have a basic understanding of Excel. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in March.) Prerequisite: Basic Excel. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, April 16, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in 210 Dickinson
This class teaches you how to create and modify Access forms. We will also discuss using form options like design controls and form properties. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, March 19, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in 210 Dickinson
This class teaches you how to create and modify Access forms. We will also discuss using form options like design controls and form properties. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, April 9, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Queries allow you to pull information from one or more tables based on a set of search conditions you define. This class teaches you how to create a simple one-table and multi-table query. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, March 12, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Queries allow you to pull information from one or more tables based on a set of search conditions you define. This class teaches you how to create a simple one-table and multi-table query. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, April 23, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Access reports allow you to organize and present your data in a reader-friendly, visually appealing format. Access makes creating and customizing a report easy by using data from any query or table in your database. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, March 26, 1 - 2:30pm, Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Access reports allow you to organize and present your data in a reader-friendly, visually appealing format. Access makes creating and customizing a report easy by using data from any query or table in your database. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Thursday,12-1pm, March 21, on Zoom
This brief webinar will cover the features and functionality of Microsoft OneDrive that UMass employees have access to through Microsoft 365 subscriptions. We'll cover how to store and share files and help answer and troubleshoot any questions participants might have. Instructor: Jeff Napolitano
Wednesday, 12-1pm, April 24
This brief webinar will cover the features and functionality of Microsoft Teams that UMass employees have access to through Microsoft 365 subscriptions. We'll cover the functionality of Teams - calls, chats, video conferencing, and sharing within Teams. We always end by taking questions and troubleshooting issues brought up by participants.
Wednesday, February 28, 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
Mail Merge allows you to produce multiple letters, labels, envelopes, name tags, and more using information stored in a list, database, or spreadsheet. Prerequisite: familiarity with MS Word. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, May 8, 12 - 1pm, on Zoom
Word's basic referencing system is available via the 'References' tab on the ribbon. This tab lets you add references to a document and then create a bibliography at the end of the text. References are stored in a master list, which can be used to add references to further documents. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Wednesday, February 21, 10 - 11am, on Zoom
With Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can Edit, convert, e-sign, and share documents in one tool across document formats and devices. Learn what you can accomplish with Adobe Acrobat Pro, all within an hour. Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, April 2, from 1 - 2:30pm, on Zoom and also at 210 Dickinson
Learn the basics of MS Access and database structure in this introductory class. Basic computer skills are required. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in April.) Instructor: Heather Morgan
Tuesday, March 5, from 1 - 2:30pm, on Zoom and in-person at 210 Dickinson
Learn the basics of MS Access and database structure in this introductory class. Basic computer skills are required. This class is being offered twice - March and April (registering for this class reserves a spot in March.) Instructor: Heather Morgan
Workplace Wellness
Tuesdays, February 20, 27, March 5, 12, and 26, from 12 - 1pm, 205 Bartlett
Join us for a 5-week class, where we will learn mindfulness practices for improved focus and stress reduction and explore resources to support your wellbeing. If you can't attend every class, please join us when you can. Week 1: Mindfulness Overview. Week 2: Mindful Eating. Week 3: Mindful Focus. Week 4: Mindful Body. Week 5: Mindful Workday.
Wednesdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 12 - 1pm
Take an hour a week to improve your workplace wellness. A study in the March 2019 issue of Occupational Medicine concluded that yoga has a positive effect on health in the workplace, particularly in reducing stress. This five-week class will focus on yoga practice to support you at work and beyond. Wear comfortable clothing that will let you stretch. Taught by Nancy Paglia, a yoga instructor with more than 30 years of experience in workplace wellness.
Wednesday, March 20, from 1 - 4pm, 106 Flint
The UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Health will facilitate this training. We are dedicated to ensuring all employees understand their role in creating a caring community and providing information on the resources and procedures available to address mental health needs. This training has 7 modules (1. Suicide Statistics and Facts, 2. Suicide Myths, 3. Why People Attempt, 4. Warning Signs and Risk/Protective Factors, 5. Asking, 6. Responding, 7. Referring). Using presentations and discussions, these two workshops explore strategies to cultivate belonging, build a culture of hope, and practice strategies to respond to mental health struggles at UMass. Limited to 30 participants. Instructor: Eleanor Berch Heyman
Writing & Communication
Tuesday, April 16, 11am – 12:30pm, Room 205 Bartlett
Learn how to create a résumé that works for you, craft a cover letter that promotes your strengths and skills, practice interviewing, and gather tips on using social media, networking, and putting your best self forward in the world of work. Instructor: Leslie Fraser
Thursdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 11am - 12:30pm, 205 Bartlett
Do you want to improve your writing? Do you want to practice writing in a supportive group of other writers? We will focus on ways to bring life to what you want to say. We will use writing prompts, class feedback, and writing resources to discover what makes for good writing and keeps readers interested in what you have to say. Everyone is welcome—bring a computer or a notebook and pen with you, and let’s write together. Instructor: Leslie Fraser
Wednesdays, March 6, to May 8, 4:30pm - 5:45pm, Room 106 Flint
"In this 8-week Community Writing Workshop, we will explore our individual and collective life experiences to craft a single story on the page. We will build upon our pieces week-to-week, as we read, write, and inquire into the storytelling form. *This Workshop is open to UMass workers and undergraduate students. We welcome & value all language and writing backgrounds. Second-shift workers are encouraged to participate!" Instructor:Danielle Pappo
Thursdays, February 29, and March 7, 14, at 11am - 12:30pm, 205 Bartlett
Do you want to help improve the campus climate by developing your communications skills? Respectful dialogue may take practice, and this class can help you move through difficult conversations in your work and community. We will learn to respond rather than react by using deep listening, inquiry, feedback, and finding common ground, as we try out different communication methods. Instructor: Leslie Fraser
Career Growth & Learning
Tuesdays, April 2 and 9, 11am to 12:30pm, 205 Bartlett
Are you wondering about next steps in your work life? Do you want to learn some tools to help you figure out the best options for you? The world of work is changing, and workers can access career development and assessment information, and research websites that will help in career, education, and life planning. This class will help you define your dream job and offer reality checks along the way. There are two sessions to this in-person class. Instructor: Leslie Fraser
Thursday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Room 205 Bartlett
Learn how to create a résumé that works for you, craft a cover letter that promotes your strengths and skills, practice interviewing, and gather tips on using social media, networking, and putting your best self forward in the world of work. Instructor: Leslie Fraser
By appointment
Are you wondering if you need a new skill set? Would you like some help with work and education goals? Are you planning to start an apprenticeship, technical training, or college program and need some support for going back to school? Help with résumés is also offered. Make an appointment with Leslie Fraser, lfraser@umass.edu.
Building Bridges
Thursdays at 1pm, February 8 - May 30
This course brings together worker artists to get to know each other and explore ways to showcase the talents of all worker artists on campus. Participants will plan for campus exhibitions—including our Annual Showcase Event, April 2 at the Fine Arts Center—and ways to increase the visibility of worker artists and their experiences on campus and beyond. All interested UMass staff members are encouraged to sign up. Instructors: Jacob Carter & Joe Connolly
Wednesdays, 11am, from February 7 - April 24, 106 Flint
This course brings together immigrant employees to get to know each other and discuss ways they’d like to elevate the voice and visibility of immigrant employees and their experiences on campus and beyond. Participants and facilitators will work together using Photovoice—where participants take photos highlighting important issues in their lives and stimulating dialogue—and create a display that will be showcased and presented to the campus community. Any UMass staff member interested in being a part of this course is encouraged to sign up. Instructor: Jacob Carter
English for the Workplace
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 3pm, February 21 to May 1, 205 Bartlett
This class is a continuation of the mixed level fall classes for 1st shift custodial workers. New participants welcome! You will continue practicing vocabulary and grammar to help you successfully communicate with people at work and in your daily life. Practice speaking with individualized pronunciation and improving overall expression will be the focus of class. Guests in class will provide real life practice.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30 – 3:30pm, February 21 to May 1, Worcester DC
This class is for continuing and new F&CS and Auxiliary Enterprise employees at the intermediate ESL level. New participants welcome! We will practice English skills allowing you to complete more complex speaking, reading, and writing tasks at work focusing on improved safety and teamwork. Additionally, we will practice how to foster culturally inclusive curiosity and dialogue at work in concurrence with UMass’ mission to promote relationship and bridge-building. Instructor: Midori Tabery
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Februray 21 - May 1, 205 Bartlett
This mixed level class is a continuation the fall class for 2nd shift custodial workers. New learners welcome! Lessons focus on the vocabulary of workplace and daily life communication in English. Group and individual activities will help you improve your listening and speaking as well as your reading and writing skills. Learners participate in choosing topics of discussion. (Places held for those already enrolled in the fall class.)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 20 to May 2, 1:30 - 3:30pm, Worcester Classroom 351
This class is a continuation of the fall class for Auxiliary Enterprise employees. New participants are welcome! You will continue practicing vocabulary and grammar to help you successfully communicate with people at work and in your daily life. You will bring vocabulary and questions from work and other real-life situations that you experience. Pronunciation, writing, and corrections will be the focus of the class. Guests in class may include someone from HR as well as a supervisor for questions and conversational practice.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30pm, February 20 - April 25, Hampshire Lobby Classroom
This class is a continuation of the fall class for Auxiliary Enterprise employees. New participants are welcome! You will continue practicing vocabulary and grammar to help you successfully communicate with people at work and in your daily life. You will bring vocabulary and questions from work and other real-life situations that you experience. Pronunciation, writing, and corrections will be the focus of class. Guests in class may include someone from HR as well as a supervisor for questions and conversational practice. Instructor: Midori Tabery
Career Ladder Classes for Facilities and Campus Services Employees Only
This Career Ladder program is for Facilities and Campus Services employees (Physical Plant custodial, Physical Plant grounds staff, and Residential Life custodial staff) who are covered by a UMass/AFSCME collective bargaining agreement. The Career Ladder program continues to be very active with new apprenticeship opportunities, new trainings, and new courses. It provides a clear pathway for moving up at the workplace. Workers build up their skills through trainings and educational programming. In doing so, they increase their chances for promotion. This is a joint partnership effort between F&CS and AFSCME 1776.
By appointment (in-person and remote)
If you need help updating or creating a résumé or more generally with career advising for a job at UMass, contact Leslie Fraser for an appointment: lfraser@umass.edu
Dates and time to be announced
Are you interested in learning more about the different kinds of trades work that happens here on campus? This is an opportunity to attend a series of info sessions on the different trades. This is an ongoing series and invites you to consider your own interests and skill sets that could help you to prepare for work in the trades. Trades and shops include: electrician, lock shop, HVAC, plumber, and more. Instructor: Jacob Carter
Dates and times to be announced
Are you interested in maintenance trades but haven’t had the chance to learn or practice essential skills? These workshops will give you the opportunity to learn about and practice using essential tools used in the trades such as measuring tapes, electric drills, electric screwdrivers, saws, and more. This is an ongoing series led by skilled UMass staff members and a great opportunity for anyone interested in upcoming apprenticeship opportunities. Facilitators, Thomas Fydenkevez, Becky Walton, Amber Hubert and others