The Five College Training and Development Collaborative has played a leadership role in providing opportunities for our collective constituencies. We are proud of the high-quality training and professional development opportunities we have been able to provide for our employees. We continue to adapt our structures and programs to provide actively for our campuses' changing shared development needs.
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:
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.
*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: http://www.umass.edu/wld/registration.php
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.
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 provides training resources on workplace safety and hazardous material issues.
Mindtools provides toolkits and articles that help teach practical, straightforward skills needed in the workplace. Articles are free; toolkits require membership.
Skillpath provides a variety of business training, from administrative support to management, through webinars and live workshops.