46 Year History of the National Labor College (1969 – 2014)
In 1974, the AFL-CIO opened the doors to the George Meany Center for Labor Studies (GMC), on a beautiful 47 acre campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The purpose of the GMC was to provide leadership development for union members through short courses and training programs. When it opened, GMC also partnered with Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio to offer collegiate degrees from Antioch for labor education gained at GMC. Subsequently, the GMC expanded its offerings and championed the idea of developing leadership skills for union members, with a special focus on providing post-secondary opportunities for union members and their family members. This drive for labor education for union leaders continued until,in 1997, the GMC approached the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the authority to offer its own baccalaureate degree completion programs, and was officially granted status as a higher education institution. In 2004, NLC was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, further establishing itself as a quality institution, and the only regionally accredited college in the United States focused exclusively on offering labor education for union members. Since this time the NLC has produced more than 1300 graduates through degree programs in labor studies and professional studies. Unfortunately, as a result of financial difficulties, NLC closed its doors at the end of April, 2014.
The NLC stood as a beacon of hope for the labor movement and offered upward mobility for so many students over the years. It served as a special place for the labor movement and broke many social and economic barriers for the many students fortunate enough to attend the institution. It is with great sadness that we witness the closing of such an important and needed establishment, especially when one considers the current and future needs of the labor movement.
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