For many people, going to college means achieving the American dream. However, far too often, college remains just that: a dream. Whether the price tag is too high or the obligations of work or family intervene, the pursuit of higher education is unattainable.
Through its Free College Benefit program, AFSCME has started to erase the lines that have kept so many from attending college. Since 2015, more than 4,400 members have taken advantage of the Free College Benefit, and what had once seemed impossible is now a reality.
The program allows AFSCME members and their families to take classes online through Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio, earning credits toward a two-year associate degree. Areas of study include accounting, business management, early childhood education, criminal justice and others.
Not only is the program totally free, but it’s flexible. The online format means that students can work from wherever, and whenever, is most convenient for them. What’s more, earning an associate degree means you can bank those two years toward a bachelor’s degree at most four-year-institutions.