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The LABOR SCHOOL at Penn State

The LABOR SCHOOL is Penn State University’s outreach program to the Pennsylvania labor movement.  The LABOR SCHOOL is based on the idea that union leaders need to be informed and knowledgeable to perform the critical role they play in the U.S. system of labor-management relations.  The program exists to provide low-cost education and training programs for unions in Pennsylvania.     

The LABOR SCHOOL can assist local, regional, and national unions and CLCs and ALFs by designing education programs or providing instructors for already designed programs. If you are interested in planning a labor education workshop or conference or obtaining a speaker or instructor contact  at 323-485-0710, at 814-867-5697, or at 215-843-3052.

The LABOR SCHOOL also offers fully online labor-relevant Bachelors and Masters degrees for union activists and leaders who want to complete or start a degree program.  You can pursue your degree by taking one or two courses a semester working from your home computer.  For more information on our Bachelors degrees or our Masters degree, contact at 814-863-4026.

Current LABOR SCHOOL programs:

—The Harrisburg Union Leadership Academy (ULA) is a series of four short non-credit courses for local union activists and officers conducted over one year.  It is conducted in conjunction with the Harrisburg CLC. In the first year 24 students completed the program. For more information contact at 323-485-0710.

—The Philadelphia Union Leadership Academy (ULA) is a series of four short non-credit courses for local union activists, leaders, and community allies, taking place over one year.  It is conducted in partnership with the Philadelphia CLC. In 2015-2016, the ULA's inaugural year in Philadelphia, more than 25 students participated in the the program. For more information contact at 215-843-3052.

 —The Lehigh Valley Union Leadership Academy (ULA) is a series of four short non-credit courses for local union activists and officers conducted over one year.  It is conducted in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley CLC. 2016-2017 will be the first year of the ULA in the Lehigh Valley, and more than 30 activists are participating in the program. For more information contact at 215-843-3052.

—The Labor Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive leadership development program for full-time emerging leaders that meets five days in June and includes four more sessions spread through the year. The 2015-2016 LLI is currently underway.  For more info on this program contact  at 323-485-0710.