The United Association Local 1 in New York City has established a partnership with the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College to enable members and apprentices to earn an Associate in Science in Labor Studies degree.
An Associate in Science degree requires 64 credit hours, of which 32 must be in liberal arts and at least 24 must be earned through Empire State College. Local 1 apprentices and journey workers apply 40 credits of their ACE-evaluated apprenticeship or other college-level study toward meeting the requirements of an Associate in Science degree in Labor Studies. This fully transferable degree can be used as a basis for further study at any 4-year college.
To satisfy the SUNY general education requirements, associate degrees must include courses in seven areas, including: mathematics, science, other world civilizations, social science, American history, humanities, and basic communication. The ACE evaluation determined that two general education requirements – mathematics and science – are met in the apprenticeship program. Taking six courses through the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies fulfills the remaining general education requirements.
There are six required courses for the Associate in Science degree. Each course is worth 4 credits.
College Writing and Effective Communication Labor and Management in the Pipe Trades Literature and Society Arts and the Trades or Critical Reading Strategies United States History Class, Race, and Gender in Modern Society or Global Civilization
For more information about the UA Local 1 associate degree program, contact James McMahon, coordinator of student services, at 646-230-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.