IAM Kicks Off Partnership with Empire State College

The IAM Empire State College Partnership Program in Labor Studies kicked off at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

A group of IAM members striving to further their education in the labor movement were the first to take part in a new partnership program between the IAM and the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Empire State College (ESC).

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The program kicked off with three courses held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland.

“Looking across the entire labor movement, I’m not aware of a single other labor organization that’s able to offer its members this kind of programming,” said Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner. “This kind of education is really critical for the future of the labor movement.”

Students representing every territory and sector of the IAM in the U.S. and Canada began the process of earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies thanks to the IAM/ESC partnership.

“We’re very diverse. Everyone shares their experiences,” said Local 1782 Vice President Frances Finau. “We talk about the history of the labor movement and what we can do to incorporate what we learn into the future.”

“The opportunity of college doesn’t come around that often, so if you don’t take the opportunity now, you may not have it tomorrow,” said Local 16 Chief Steward Gurjinder Singh.

If you are interested in enrolling in the program, click here to complete and submit a short interest form.

For more information about the IAM/ESC Partnership Program, click here to download a brief PowerPoint presentation. If you have further questions, contact IAM Education Representative Rhonda Rogers at rrogers@iamaw.org.