Personal & Professional Development

On Campus Training Programs 

Brown Bag Lunch Series

The HR department is offering a variety of workshops for faculty and staff. Please see details for Brown Bags 2016-2017.

Upcoming Brown Bags:

"Weight Management Program at Holyoke Medical Center - Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Options, Innovations and Program Results", Monday, November 14, 2016, Noon-1:00pm in Blanchard 213, presented by Elana Davidson, MPAS, PA-C, Clinical Lead, Weight Management Program and Yannis Raftopoulos, MD, FACS, Director of Weight Management Program, Holyoke Medical Center

“Tuition Exchange and College Financial Aid Workshop”, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Noon - 1:00pm, Library (TBA), presented by Stephanie Bertagnolli, Associate Director from Student Financial Services

Training Sessions

Employee Orientation Group Information Sessions

Based on feedback provided by the community, the Human Resources Department is pleased to offer monthly sessions for new and “not so new” employees. Each session will consist of two parts: Part 1 (9:00- 10:00 am) will be the same for each meeting and will provide an overview of the college, its structure and important traditions and policies. Part 2 (10:00 - 11:00 am) will provide more in depth information about a specific topic. We encourage all employees to consider attending. To participate in these sessions, please submit this registration form.

Supervisor Training & Information Series

Similar to the New Employee Sessions described above, these sessions will focus on topics of interest for employees who supervise other employees. To participate in these sessions, please submit this registration form.


Benefits Training & Information Sessions

"Medicare 101"

Dates & Times: (Please select one of the following four sessions)
Thursday, December 8, 2016 (2 sessions - 9:00 - 10:30am & 3:30 - 5:00pm)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 (2 sessions - 9:00 - 10:30am & 3:30 - 5:00pm)
Location:Blanchard 213

Cindy Legare, Benefits and Training Manager, will give an overview of Medicare and options available for supplementing Medicare coverage. This session is offered by Human Resources. Please join us for one of the above four sessions. To participate in this session, please submit this registration form. Walk-ins will be accommodated as available.

Online Training Programs

"Human Resources Tutorial Videos"

Please check out our new online tutorial videos. We have created these in an effort to help you understand the variety of Human Resources processes.

"Workplace Harassment Prevention" Online Course

All Mount Holyoke employees are expected to know and understand the College’s policies on unlawful harassment and discrimination and to abide by them. To support employees with their obligations, the College has provided the online training course. Online Training - available to all faculty, staff and students!

Please check out the free online training both in software, technology, business and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. also has apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android for mobile learning.


Training Theme for October: "Preventing Serious or Chronic Conditions"

In addition to our everyday challenges, serious or chronic illness can add more stress, anxiety, and difficulty. The good news is that most chronic conditions are preventable! Please visit the website for more resources and consider participating in their monthly webinar:


E4 Health (Formerly LifeScope)

E4 Health Online Seminar: "Protecting Our Precious Lives: Cancer Awareness"
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: Noon & 3:00 pm
Online (registration necessary) – log in as “mount holyoke college”, password “guest”

This webinar examines the steps we each have to take toward becoming healthier, with a focus on prevention as the ultimate goal. We’ll round out the session with a discussion of breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancer risk factors to consider; self-care strategies; and what we can do to empower ourselves to make positive lifestyle choices.

Five College Training & Development Collaborative

Amherst College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst offer a variety of training and development opportunities to their employees, some of which are open to Five College participants. All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Mount Holyoke College, along with the other Five Colleges, are invited to participate in training and development workshops. 

  • Amherst College - To register and view full course listings, please click here.
  • Smith College - To register and view full course listings, please click here. All current courses are available to MHC employees at no cost.
  • UMassAmherst - MHC employees are able to register for many workshops for a modest charge. To register, please call the Workplace Learning & Development Office at (413) 545-1787 or e-mail at

Other Seminar Opportunities


HR Event Calendar

For other events, click here