Event Honors Partners in Educating Region’s Work Force

12/10/2008


Continuing Studies Presents Awards to Businesses, Community Organizations

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ The Continuing Studies, Corporate and Distance Education division of the University of Massachusetts Lowell recently recognized more than a dozen of its business and community partners in educating the region’s work force.

The awards were presented at an event that drew more than 200 people to the UMass Lowell campus. Speakers included UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, who discussed the university’s role in advancing the regional economy through efforts like Continuing Studies’ work force development programs.

Meehan praised Continuing Studies for being entrepreneurial, working with businesses and students to develop programs and approaches to education that meet their needs, such as courses that blend online and in-person learning. He thanked faculty and staff who have worked with Continuing Studies to develop and execute new programs, as well as business and community partners who have supported those efforts.

“UMass Lowell and Continuing Studies play an important role in work force development,” Meehan said. “We are in an innovation economy and we need a highly skilled work force in Massachusetts. We want products to be manufactured here.”

Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney said Continuing Studies saw a 20 percent increase in online enrollments last year and a 26 percent increase in corporate programs.

“These numbers are a testament to the quality of the programs we have here and that our students and our partners continue to turn to the University of Massachusetts Lowell to meet their education and training needs,” said Moloney.

“Continuing Studies is all about new programs and new delivery systems. We found that students always want to see new ways we can deliver their education. In response to their requests, we created ‘blended’ programs that include online and classroom instruction. That is just one way that we are innovative in our approach to making education as attainable as possible for all,” said Catherine Kendrick, Continuing Studies’ executive director of Distance Market Development and Corporate Outreach.

“Our colleagues at UMass Lowell ߝ whether in Engineering, Management, Arts and Sciences, Education or Health and Environment ߝ are critical to our ability to offer some of our most popular programs. We are grateful for the commitment of their staff and faculty members to making Continuing Studies such a success,” said Pauline Carroll, executive director of Academic Services, Enrollment Management and Administration for the division.

Honors presented at the event included:

  • Awards for Development of the Nationally Recognized Graduate Certificate Program in Autism: Continuing Studies’ Behavioral Intervention in Autism certificate was recently named the Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program in the nation by the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). In recognition of this, Continuing Studies honored faculty from the UMass Lowell Psychology Department and College of Arts and Sciences, through which the program is taught, and its partners in developing the program, the UMass Medical School-Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and UMass Online.
  • Award for Development of the Signature Blended Program in Health Management and Policy: Recipients of this award were the UMass Lowell Department of Community Health and Sustainability and the School of Health and Environment, through which the program is offered; Yankee Alliance, one of New England’s largest health-care group-purchasing organizations, which offers on-site sessions for some of these blended courses at its Andover corporate facility; and Lowell General Hospital, which partners with UMass Lowell in areas including research and curriculum development.
  • Awards for Corporate Partnerships Promoting Work Force Development: These awards went to Massachusetts businesses that have a longstanding relationship with Continuing Studies, including offering customized training programs and seminars to employees in engineering, project management and sleep chronobiology.  Recipients were L-3/Henschel of Newburyport, Analog Devices of Wilmington, Saint Gobain of Northborough, P&G/Gillette of South Boston and Sepracor of Marlborough. Also honored in this category were the university’s Department of Plastics Engineering and College of Engineering.
  • Awards to Academic Partners: The UMass Lowell College of Management, College of Arts and Sciences’ Information Technology Program and Mathematical Sciences and the Graduate School of Education were honored in this category for the Continuing Studies programs they support, including the online M.B.A.

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.

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