SUNY Empire State College Partnership Programs

Labor Union Partnerships

SUNY Empire State College develops credit-bearing programs to meet the specific needs of trade unions that help members advance their education. Partnership benefits are available to employees, members and students of partnering corporate and community organizations.

College partnerships with trade unions include:

International Union of Police Associations: The partnership between SUNY Empire State College and the International Union of Police Associations was developed to provide IUPA members with access to a flexible, affordable, high-quality education delivered by an accredited institution. Members can study online, face-to-face at one of 35 locations in New York state, or blend both approaches.

United Steelworkers of America: The USW-ICD Distance Learning Program, coordinated by the Center for Distance Learning and the Institute for Career Development, Inc., is designed to assist workers who want to pursue an associate, bachelor’s or master's degree at a distance.

UAW-Ford University (UFU): As one of the institutions within UFU’s virtual university network, the Center for Distance Learning offers accessible associate and bachelor’s degree programs online.

WNY Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO

New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA): In partnership, SUNY Empire State College provides NYSCOPBA members with access to flexible and affordable undergraduate degree programs.

Partnerships through the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, located in metropolitan New York, coordinates partnerships with the following:

More Information

For information about labor union partnerships, please contact

Mike Merrill, dean, at 646-230-1346, or via email at