LOWELL — University of Massachusetts Director of Workplace Learning and Development Le Ann Alden is usually the one giving awards.
But on Dec. 16, she was presented the state Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Public Service Award — which honors those in human resource development and training — by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
“It was really amazing to be the one that was getting recognized,” Alden said.
Alden has worked at UMass Lowell for nearly 18 years. And in the past two years, she has trained about 700 employees in topics ranging from presenting at work to effective problem-solving to leadership skills.
“The university is truly an institution that encourages lifelong learning,” she said. In 2019, she held about 75 training programs for faculty and staff.
Alden also handles new employee orientation and the university employee recognition program.
“Lee Ann has established a true partnership with many stakeholders, both faculty and staff, across the UMass Lowell community as strategic partners in ensuring that the learning and development programs remain successful and foster a highly productive and engaging workplace,” said Dana Yonchak, senior director of talent and culture for UMass Lowell Human Resources.
“Lee Ann’s programming enables employees to develop knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently. The programs have proved to be an essential resource supporting the university’s…