The University is actively engaged in the development of a skilled workforce that can attract investment, fill highly skilled jobs, and form the foundation of a strong state economy. Through the UMass Donahue Institute, the University is able to extend its reach and resources toward cultivating talent, enhancing skills, and furthering education throughout the Commonwealth.
Workforce Talent and Development Programs
- A Massachusetts One Stop Career Center, CareerWorks, offers an array of vocational and skills training options, as well as job placement assistance to unemployed and displaced workers. In addition, through partnerships with local and state economic development agencies, CareerWorks helps businesses find qualified workers, advance the skills of their incumbent workers, and apply for grants and services that go toward strengthening their organizations.
- Organization Development and Learning Solutions (ODLS) provides consulting to community organizations, government offices and global corporations. Through the Leadership Excellence Institute, ODLS offers a series of intensive courses that build upon skills and ranges of experience at different career points, helping to develop strategic leadership, foster collaboration, and hone the agility that today’s workplace demands.
- The UMass Donahue Institute partners with the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable to present the Massachusetts STEM Summit, an annual event that brings together leaders in business, government, and education to discuss policies and programs that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education from early childhood through adulthood and into the workforce. The STEM mission is tied to the economic development goals of the Commonwealth, which is to prepare residents to fill the highly skilled jobs needed to propel an innovative economy and closing the achievement gap that exists between the state’s richest and poorest residents.
- UMass has a number of programs in place to support the Commonwealth in the rapidly evolving field of cyber security, including the Cybersecurity Education and Training Consortium (CETC), a joint initiative with the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) that will connect higher education leaders in the Commonwealth with the private sector to ensure that academic programming in cyber security aligns with the needs of Massachusetts employers. Find out more about our cybersecurity initiatives.