Video Explores, Extols Relationship Between SUNY Empire and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

October 29, 2015

logo graphic depicting the image of a film strip superimposed by a stylized camera, spotlight and light flareA video exploring and extolling the relationship between Empire State College's Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is presented in a new video produced in September by the organization.

This program of study allows for intensive classroom residencies at IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Md., and options for studying online to complete required course work, according to HVACLS Dean Michael Merrill.

IAM members can earn an associate, bachelor's or master’s degree awarded by Empire State College of the State University of New York through a combination of course work completed at the Winpisinger Center, online classes at SUNY Empire, apprenticeship and military training, prior work or life experiences and credits from other colleges and universities.

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

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.

For more information, contact IAM Education Representative Rhonda Rogers at or Registrar Elaine Poland at

Other News

Voter Turnout: What Keeps Some from the Polls?, By Layla Abdullah-Poulos ’10, student, School for Graduate Studies

Students and Alumni Invited to Attend Peter Pan at Syracuse Stage, By Tracy Zappola, assistant to the dean, Central New York location, SUNY Empire State College

Did You Know

More than 400 students attended this year's Student Academic Conference in Albany, NY.

Creative Corner

Social Corner

Article Contributors

Layla Abdullah-Poulos

Campus News

Helen Edelman

Mary Morton

Karen Wallingford

Tracy Zappola

Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.