Mission

By establishing the physical and intellectual space for the labor movement to imagine its future, the mission of National Labor College is to make higher education available to workers, to prepare union members, leaders and staff for the challenges of a changing global environment; and to serve as a center for progressive thought and learning.

About

  • Founded 1969 by the AFL-CIO: George Meany Training Center
  • Degree-Granting Institution: 1997
  • President: Paula E. Peinovich, PhD
  • Type: Degree completion; private (nonprofit); distance education (primarily)
  • Accreditation: Regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104; 267-284-5000)
  • Academic Year: July 1-June 30
  • Academic Unit: Semester
  • Majors: 7
  • Average Class Size: 16
  • Average Student:Faculty Ratio: 10:1
  • Average Number of Courses Offered per Semester: 58
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships: Yes

Faculty & Staff (Fall 2012)

  • Full-Time Faculty: 10
  • Adjunct Faculty: 42
  • Full-Time Staff: 48
  • Part-Time Staff: 1

Student Body (Fall 2012)

  • Degree and Certificate Students: 454
  • Non-Degree Students: 164
  • Full-Time Students: 25
  • Part-Time Students: 593
  • Total Students: 618
  • Number of Graduates, 2012: 76

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Safety and Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Union Leadership and Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Readiness and Response Management

Certificates

  • Arbitration and Grievance Handling
  • Labor Education
  • Labor Studies
  • Leadership for Change
  • Union Administration
  • Labor Safety and Health
  • Organizing
  • Building Trades Organizational Dynamics and Growth
  • Building Trades Union Leadership and Administration
  • Construction Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Ethical Management
  • Small Business

Demographics (Fall 2012)

  • Male: 76%
  • Female: 24%
  • Average Age: 49
  • Top Five States of Residence: California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois

Ethnic Identity (Fall 2012)

  • Hispanic: 6%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • African-American: 16.3%
  • White: 63.6%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.5%
  • Two or More Races: 1.6%
  • Unreported: 9.7%
  • Non-Resident: 1%

Tuition as of July 1, 2012

  • AFL-CIO Union Member/Family: $270/credit hour
  • Working America Member: $270/credit hour
  • Non-AFL-CIO Union Member/Family: $325/credit hour
  • Non-Union Member: $480/credit hour

Fees as of July 1, 2012

  • Application: $75
  • Graduation: $260
  • Partnership/Joint Enrollment: $65/credit hour
  • Portfolio Assessment: $305
  • Special Portfolio Assessment: $185
  • Prior Learning Assessment Workshop: $305
  • Prior Learning Assessment Review: $305/15 credits
  • Re-Admit: $35
  • Student Activity (Residential, SLS only): $35/course
  • Technology: $35/credit hour
  • Work in Progress: $35/semester

Resources & Services