Eligible students can either continue to the new online bachelor’s program from their associate’s education, or begin as a freshman in the four year program.
“This transformational partnership will make Central State’s excellence more easily recognized from coast-to-coast while supplying the quality of specialized CSU programs to members of America’s largest labor federation,” said Jackson-Hammond.
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Students planning to take advantage of the new programming are currently in the process of applying and getting enrolled in their prospective programs. The first semester for AFL-CIO affiliated union students will be at the start of 2020, said Robert Vickers, director of CSU public relations.
“The university is very optimistic but we won’t know really until we go through a few semester cycles,” Vickers said. “We’ll get a sense after this first semester how many are going to probably more than likely continue on from the associate’s program. I think in time, once word of mouth spreads among members of the AFL-CIO, that we’re very hopeful that a large number of members eager to participate in the program.”
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Bachelor’s degrees in the fields of business and education are likely to be the most popular degrees pursued through the new program, Vickers said.
“We are excited to partner with an institution as storied as CSU to provide working families across America with an affordable and convenient solution to completing a bachelor’s degree program,” Stevens said.