offices header
Home / Offices / Human Resources / Training / Five College Training Opportunities

Five College Training Opportunities

There are a variety of training and development opportunities available to our employees. One of the best and most convenient options is through the Five College Training and Development Collaborative. All full-time and part-time benefited staff and faculty at Hampshire College are invited to participate in training and development workshops taking place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith and Amherst Colleges.
Please see the schools' websites for more information on their offerings:

                                         Smith College
                                         Amherst College
                                         University of Massachusetts Amherst

How do I enroll?
Registrations will be accepted throughout the semester on a space-available basis. Select your workshop,* check with your supervisor for permission to attend and approval of the missed-program fee and/or class fee, and register directly with the school at which your workshop is taking place.

                                        Smith College
                                        Amherst College
                                        University of Massachusetts Amherst

*As you review the offerings you will notice that some workshops are intended specifically for the employees of the institution at which they are taking place. Please do not sign up for these classes.

Is there a fee?
The programs at Smith College and Amherst College are funded by the Five College Training/Development Collaborative. There is no cost to you as an employee. There may be a small fee of $15-20 for materials for certain workshops that would need to be charged to your department. If applicable, please get your supervisor's approval for this fee prior to signing up for the class. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, workshops and seminar fees for non-university personnel are $50 per workshop, ($150 to $200 per certificate series) and must be paid in advance of the workshop. Once payment is received, workshop confirmation packet with campus map and parking information will be sent. Details on registration can be found on their website:

What if I register and then can't attend?
The schools require a 48-hour notice or a $50 missed-program fee will be charged to your department.

Is there a limit to the number of workshops I can attend?
In order to give all employees an opportunity to enroll and to maintain adequate staffing levels, we suggest limiting your attendance to no more than two workshops per semester.


© 2014 Hampshire College 893 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 . 413.549.4600