National Labor College

10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903-1706

School Details

The National Labor College is a private, not for profit, four year institution. Founded in 1969 as a training center to provide union members working and educational skills, the National Labor College was originally named George Meany Training Center and first earned the accreditation to grant degrees in 1997. In 2004 the National Labor College was awarded accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Today, the National Labor College is the only higher learning institution in the United States that is accredited and solely devoted to the education of members, staff and leaders of the union. Along with the successful education of union members, the National Labor Colleges mission is to serve as a center for progressive thought and learning.

The National Labor College is located in Silver Spring, Maryland and its campus covers 47 acres. The campus includes a state of the art academic and conference center, spacious residence halls, student centers and academic buildings. As of 2012, the campus offices were relocated to Washington DC and are now only available online. Much of the campus at the National Labor College has an online presence, with an online writing lab, bookstore and library.

In order to apply to The National Labor College, potential students must submit a $75 application fee along with proof of their union membership. Students applying for a Bachelor’s degree also are required to submit a personal two to three page essay.

The student body at The National Labor College is made up of 618 total students. The majority of students take classes on a part time schedule with 96% part time students and only 4% full time students. Most of the students are considered to be adult learners. The average age of a student at the National Labor College is 49 and 587 of the students are over the age of 25. The school is made up of 24% female students and 76% male students. The National Labor College lacks much racial diversity with 64% of the student body being comprised of White students and African American, Asian and Hispanic student’s only making up 16%, 1% and 6% respectively.

The National Labor College offers a variety of seven majors for students to choose from. These majors all lead to one of the offered Bachelor’s degrees which include:

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Safety and Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Union Leadership and Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Readiness and Response Management

 

In addition to four year degrees, many certificate programs are also available. Students interested in continued education but not wanting to commit to the time needed for a Bachelor’s degree can earn any of the following certificates:

 

  • Labor Education
  • Labor Studies
  • Leadership for Change
  • Union Administration
  • Labor Safety and Health
  • Organizing
  • Building Trades Organizational Dynamics and Growth
  • Building Trades Union Leadership and Administration
  • Construction Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Ethical Management
  • Small Business

 

There are 52 instructional faculty members teaching the classes at the National Labor College, this helps to contribute to the schools 10:1 student to faculty ratio. The average class is small, with only about 16 students. These small classes allow for class discussion and individualized attention.

The National Labor College also offers online degrees to help accommodate its students who may have hectic schedules of have trouble commuting to campus. Students can take classes through either the School of Professional Studies or the School of Labor Studies in order to earn one of the following degrees completely through online instruction:

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Readiness and Response Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Safety and Health
  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Union Leadership and Administration

 

The National Labor College costs approximately $8,460 in tuition and fees per academic year. Scholarships, grants and loans are available to students at the National Labor College to help cover the costs of higher education. Currently about 8% of students receive grant or scholarship aid with award packages averaging $1,161 per student.  In addition to students with grants and scholarships, about 9% of students receive student loans averaging an amount of  $4,271 per student.

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
  • Total Enrollments:
    618
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
    587
  • Calendar System:
    Semester

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