June 27, 2006 – Ten IAM members who earned Bachelor’s degrees from the AFL-CIO’s National Labor College (NLC) in Silver Spring, MD were honored at the College’s eighth annual graduation ceremony. The IAM members were part of a 106-member graduating class who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees and 16 union members who earned masters degrees. There were members of 33 different unions represented at the ceremony.
This is the second year that the NLC coordinated their program with the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, allowing IAM students to use the Center to complete part of their course work. Many of the Winpisinger Center programs are now accredited and can be used for college-degree programs.
“IAM members are always eager to learn, and this is a great opportunity we now offer to help them earn their college degrees,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart, who represented the IAM at the ceremony along with Winpisinger Director Jim Leslie and Educational Representative Charlie Micallef. “This year’s group of graduates worked hard and sacrificed a lot. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished,” said Mart.
More than 900 working men and women have earned degrees through the NLC program, the nation’s only union-based college. For information about earning a college degree through the National Labor College, contact Charlie Micallef at 301-373-3300.