04 May

Photo of AFSCME member Tina DavisTina Davis, Local 1270 president and education case manager, has reached extraordinary heights in her career, education and union, but she felt to maximize her potential she needed to go to what she felt was the home of labor education—the National Labor College.

A $1,590 scholarship helped make that dream a reality.

“The Union Plus Scholarship is helping me realize my goals on my schedule,” says Tina who works with children with autism.

Tina will graduate this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies and a certificate in Labor Education.

Education is key to connecting with our members–and there’s no better place to get that education than at the National Labor College.

“AFSCME makes a difference in people’s lives,” says Tina, who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Still, she wants to do more: “I want to be an integral part of AFSCME’s efforts to grow the union. I think my background in education combined with what I am learning at the NLC could play an important role in reaching out and connecting with members.”

Tina also serves on the Next Wave Steering Committee, Women’s Committee and Statewide Negotiating Committee. Tina’s local is part of AFSCME District Council 83.

NLC is Everything She Hoped For
Tina admits that she didn’t know what to expect from the National Labor College at first, but soon found that it was everything she hoped for.

“The staff is friendly and accommodating. And the support from professors and teachers has been awesome.”  She urges union members who are unsure about going back to college talk to an admissions counselor.

“NLC recognizes prior learning, which is a big plus,” says Tina, who received credit for past college courses and for AFSCME’s Volunteer Member Organizing (VMO) training.

Scholarships for the Fall semester are available to help your dreams of completing a degree come true, make sure you apply by August 6th to qualify for federal financial aid and scholarships.

This was part of the Fulfill Your Dreams at NLC series.