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Don’t Be Left Behind – Get a College Degree with AFSCME’s Help

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By Clyde Weiss Your Benefits General Good and Welfare

Those calling for a return to an era when good-paying jobs did not require a college education are burying their heads in the sand. Research continues to show that a college degree is one of the best ways to achieve the American Dream, and the AFSCME Free College benefit can help.

"The dominance of college graduates in the economy is, if anything, accelerating," reports the Associated Press.

"The number of employed college grads has risen 21 percent since the recession began in December 2007, while the number of employed people with only a high school degree has dropped nearly 8 percent," the AP reported.

Here's more evidence that you need more than a high school education to thrive in today's economy: "Last year, for the first time, a larger proportion of workers were college grads (36 percent) than high school-only grads (34 percent)," according to research by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

That college degree means even more than a good paycheck. "Education has become a dividing line that affects how Americans vote, the likelihood that they will own a home and their geographic mobility," AP reports.

So how can AFSCME help you to achieve the goal of a college education?

Last summer, President Lee Saunders announced the national launch of the AFSCME Free College benefit. "That's how we empower public service workers," he told delegates to our national convention. "That's how AFSCME never quits helping its members."

The benefit – with no out-of-pocket costs to you – is provided by AFSCME in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, non-profit institution and a member of the University System of Ohio. AFSCME members, their families (spouses, domestic partners, children and grandchildren) and retirees can enroll in a program to earn an associate's degree online from anywhere in the country. Credits can also be transferred to most four-year public universities.

A better future is just a click away. Learn more and enroll.