Monday, January 18, 2010

National Labor College Creates New Online College for Working Families

The National Labor College is launching a new online education degree program for 11.5 million members of the AFL-CIO's, it announced Thursday. The College for Working Families, as it is now known, will work with The Princeton Review, Inc., and its subsidiary, Penn Foster Education Group, Inc. to combine online learning and the "on-ground” resources of labor unions nationwide. The programs will be tailored for union members and their families.

"Expanding good jobs is a top priority for the AFL-CIO and to achieve this, workers' skills and knowledge must match the role of employers in a changing job market," said Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions. "This new online education venture demonstrates our strong commitment to playing a significant role in ensuring that quality education for America's workers and their families remains affordable and accessible. We believe this is one of the best ways to retain and grow good jobs in this country."

The NLC was established as a training center in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills and it became a degree-granting college in 1997. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent, regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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