Labor College Goes Online

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The National Labor College, a Silver Spring, Maryland school associated with and subsidized by the AFL-CIO to educate union members, announced that NLC:

Plans to establish a new online service that will bring high-quality degree programs to the AFL-CIO’s 11.5 million members and their families. Tentatively named the College for Working Families, the program will build upon the College’s existing distance learning curricula to combine the advantages of online learning with the on-the-ground resources of labor unions throughout the nation to provide programs specifically suited to the special needs and interests of union members and their families.

Apparently NLC has chosen Penn Foster Education Group, the for-profit online career school based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to implement the new online component of NLC. As of last month, Penn Foster Education Group is wholly owned by the Princeton Review.

Princeton Review employees do not appear to be unionized. Say what you will about American labor, though. At least in this case it knows a rising from a setting sun.

The AFL-CIO created the National Labor College to provide further education for its members in 1969. Its undergraduate program was originally sponsored by Antioch College, the Yellow Springs, Ohio college the Chronicle of Higher Education once called a “radical bastion” “known for its activist and politically correct policies.”

Facing severe financial turmoil, Antioch College suspended operations in 2008.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer