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AFSCME Free College Benefit Elevates Careers

By William Kauffman, AFSCME Council 13 ·
Tags: Benefits
AFSCME Free College Benefit Elevates Careers
Pictured: Robin Cartwright. Photo Credit: AFSCME Council 13

Robin Cartwright of AFSCME Local 2536 is going from being a communications operator with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to an intelligence analyst with the Pennsylvania State Police.

This promotion comes thanks to Cartwright’s tenacious determination to advance her career, as well as an associate degree through the AFSCME Free College benefit.

A graduate of Shippensburg University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication/journalism, Cartwright started with the commonwealth as a clerk typist. She was promoted to parole communications operator in 2017, but she needed credits in criminal justice to reach the next level.

“When AFSCME announced the Free College program, and when I saw that one of the majors offered was criminal justice, I jumped on it with both feet,” Cartwright said. “It’s been super beneficial, and the best part is it’s cost me no money out of pocket.”

Free and convenient online courses through Eastern Gateway Community College have allowed Cartwright to earn the credits she needs. She will now turn her focus to a new, exciting job, which will fortunately allow her to continue to be a member of AFSCME.

Cartwright is among the more than 11,000 AFSCME members (and AFSCME family members) who’ve taken advantage of AFSCME Free College.

Recently, the Free College program expanded its degree offerings with new concentrations. These include:

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AFSCME Free College is available to AFSCME members, their families and retirees.

For more information and to begin the registration process, visit or call 888-590-9009.

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