June 27, 2019

AFSCME Free College: A Great Opportunity

Union members and their families can earn an Associate Degree with no out-of-pocket costs.

Through a partnership between AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College, AFSCME members and their children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, siblings, parents and financial dependents are eligible for a Free College Benefit to earn an Associate Degree online—for free!

There are a variety of courses of study available, including Health Care Management, Labor, Criminal Justice, Accounting and Early Childhood Education. Students can focus on labor studies, programming, cyber security, finance, marketing, human resources and more.

And any corrections employee who graduated from the State of Illinois Department of Corrections Training Academy and chooses the Eastern Gateway Criminal Justice program can leapfrog into their education and complete their associate degree in criminal justice in less than 18 months. DOC employees can also earn up to 19 college credits with their Training Academy Certificate. 

Students can set their class schedule around work and personal life for access to greater opportunities, including better pay and promotions. Credits earned can transfer to other colleges.

Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, accredited college in the university system of Ohio, which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commissioner.

For complete application information, call 888-590-9009 or visit

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