UMass plays a lead role in developing the Commonwealth's number one resource - talent. UMass helps Massachusetts companies be more competitive and innovative through the constant injection of new talent into the workforce.
Each year, about 11,000 people graduate from UMass campuses with the skills and knowledge to strengthen the Commonwealth's workforce. Between seventy and eighty percent of UMass graduates remain in Massachusetts immediately after graduation. Over time, UMass students stay to live and work in the Commonwealth at almost twice the rate of students at Massachusetts' private universities.
The Office of Economic Development in the UMass President's Office serves as a University-wide contact for addressing the workforce needs of major state-wide corporations and has developed system-wide partnerships with firms such as Fidelity and Raytheon. It has also helped develop and support system-wide workforce initiatives, such as the Amherst-led Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI) that promotes creative reform of IT curriculum.
UMass offers more than 450 academic programs across the state and online. Offerings include traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, cutting-edge distance learning offerings at UMassOnline, satellite continuing education centers, and customized corporate training programs.