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The National Labor College launches new Bachelor’s Degree Program


APRIL 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

The National Labor College launches new Bachelor’s Degree Program


REGION, March 14th- The National Labor College, which is sponsored by the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington, DC, and is the nation’s only regionally accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union members, union leaders, and staff, recently announced it has launched three new fully online bachelor’s degree programs in Construction Management Emergency Readiness and Response Management and Business Administration.

The new degrees completion programs offer union members the convenience and flexibity of online study. And with special union member rates and scholarships, the National Labor College students can compete their degree for less than $10,000 in two years. Plus, learning for work experience and apprenticeships can earn union members credits towards completing their degree.

The AFL-CIO announced in early 2010 that the National Labor College and the Princeton Review have created the online college for the labor community.

The college called the “College for Working Families,” is intended to expand job opportunities for union members by providing education and job training.

The Princeton Review owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education and correspondence course school, which is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The school employees are represented by the United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 5652.

Currently Penn Foster provides online courses to 220,000 students. There are approximately 270 workers at Penn Foster in Pennsylvania that are represented by the USW Union.

College online courses through the National Labor College began in the fall of 2010.

According to the AFL-CIO in Washington, which was contacted by the newspaper for this story, the training center for union members was established in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills. Today the National Labor College is the nation’s only accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union members, leaders and activists.

The college offers the only bachelor’s degree in Construction Management with required courses that explore the labor movement’s pre-eminent role in the construction industry. The degree is geared for members of the Building and Construction Trades unions who are interested in combining their experience in the industry with the knowledge and credentials gained in the program to become effective construction managers.

There are 57 national and international unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO labor federation. The organization was created in 1955 by the merger of the AFL and the CIO. There are approximately 11.5 million union members that are affiliated with the unions that are members of the labor organization.

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