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January 20th, 2010
Online college for union members in the works
National Labor College is designing a school with the Princeton Review; official expects 30,000 students within five years
The National Labor College will make about 20 online courses available for the AFL-CIO’s 11.5 million members next fall in an effort to help workers adapt to a job market that increasingly requires higher education.
The online school, tentatively named the College for Working Families, will be built with resources from the Princeton Review, a national educational support services provider, said William Scheuerman, president of the Silver Spring, Md.-based National Labor College.
The Labor College and the AFL-CIO will distribute a questionnaire in the coming weeks that will gauge members’ interest in which classes will be available in the fall.
Scheuerman said creating the College for Working Families was in part a response to the unprecedented demand for college education while many Americans are unemployed or underemployed.