“Free” College for Union Members and Their Families


Eastern Gateway Community College is located in east-central Ohio, at the northern end of Ohio’s Appalachian region, where the population growth has remained flat or the populations has actually been declining. Beyond the basic population numbers, the population is aging, and the fracking boom has not replaced the jobs lost with the collapse of the coal and steel industries. So the obvious challenge for any college or university dependent on local enrollment is how to reach as many local students as possible and how to reach beyond the local student population in ways that will enhance the offerings to those students.

Eastern Gateway Community College did a pilot program with AFSCME affiliated workers in its region, and that program was so immediately successful that it has now been extended to all AFSCME-affiliated workers and their families nationwide.

Those workers and their families can enroll for “free” in several online programs…

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