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SUNY Empire Labor Union Partnership Program

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Thank you for your interest in attending SUNY Empire State College through a partnership between the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor StudiesSchool for Graduate Studies and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), one of North America’s largest industrial trade unions.

Benefits of the partnership include:

  • a maximum of three residencies at the Winpisinger Center to minimize time away from work
  • discounted courses
  • orientation fee waiver
  • $100 Presidential Scholarship during the first term of matriculated enrollment

To be eligible for these benefits, you must enter the partnership code when you submit an application online for a degree or certificate program. The code will be provided to you separately.

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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

More Information about this Partnership

This program of study allows for intensive classroom residencies at the IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Md., and options for studying online to complete required coursework. IAM members and other trade unionists who succesfully complete all of the Empire State College admissions requirements and matriculate in one of the following degree programs that the college is licensed to offer in the state of Maryland, can earn an associate, bachelor's or master’s degree:

Master of arts in work and labor policy

Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies will provide a residency-based blended delivery program leading to a Master of Arts in Work and Labor Policy offered in cooperation with the IAM at its William W. Winpisinger Education Center and online.

Undergraduate programs leading to an associate of science or bachelor of science in labor studies

In cooperation with teh IAM at its William W. Winpisinger Education Center, Empire State College will offer a residentiall leadership program leading to an associate of science and bachelor of science in labor studies featuring individualized degree planning, mentoring, personal instruction, academic support and capstone projects.

The partnership is a long-time dream of retired IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach Jr., a graduate of the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies.

If you have further questions, contact IAM Education Representative Rhonda Rogers at or Registrar Elaine Poland at

The SUNY Empire State College Advantage

Since 1971, SUNY Empire State College has provided educational opportunities to working adults with busy schedules. Our dedicated faculty and staff use innovative, alternative and flexible approaches to higher education that transform people and their communities.

Ranked #1 in student satisfaction among SUNY students statewide, SUNY Empire offers the whole package with degree programs that will fit your life. Our rigorous programs connect your unique and diverse interests to your personal learning goals.


SUNY Empire offers a variety of flexible study options to meet the needs of busy adults. Study online, onsite, at residencies, in study groups, or through a blend of these methods. With 35 locations across New York State, a SUNY Empire State location is not far from you. 


Choose among a variety of degree programs - we offer programs for students with varying educational goals and at different stages in their academic careers.


With SUNY tuition, a generous transfer rate, and the option to earn credit for verifiable college-level learning through life and work experience, SUNY Empire State College is the affordable choice. For the most up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and mandatory student fees, please visit the tuition and fees page.


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