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External Training and Development Opportunities


There may be times when the workshops provided through the Five College Collaborative do not meet a specific training need. In those cases, there are a number of private organizations that provide a variety of in-person and online training classes, workshops, and webinars to meet the professional development needs of our employees. Since each department is responsible for the cost of attendance at any of these programs, any staff member who may be interested in participating should get her or his supervisor's approval prior to signing up for a class.

Below is a sampling of training websites and upcoming workshops and webinars that these organizations are offering. We recommend taking the time to research the various options in order to make the best decision for the employee’s needs. The human resources office is also always available to answer questions and provide input and advice.

Employers Association of the Northeast
The Employers Association provides training programs at their facility in Agawam, Massachusetts on a variety of topics, including administrative skills, communication, customer relations, supervisory skills, and more.

Essential Business Training
Essential Business Training offers webinars, cds, and books focusing on leadership, management, and professional development, safety, communications, etc.

Fred Pryor Seminars
Fred Pryor provides business skills training through local live seminars, webinars, and audio conferences.

Human Capital Institute
Free community membership gives access to blogs, webcasts, and research on best practices and new ideas in management and leadership topics.

J.J. Keller
J.J. Keller provides training resources on workplace safety and hazardous material issues.

Mind Tools
Mindtools provides toolkits and articles that help teach practical, straightforward skills needed in the workplace. Articles are free; toolkits require membership.

Skillpath Training
Skillpath provides a variety of business training, from administrative support to management, through webinars and live workshops.


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