Friday, January 1, 2010
Seamus Scanlon-Center for Worker Education
"Wonder of wonders, we got Seamus. He started that library in an empty room, all by
Seamus Scanlon-Center for Worker Education.
The Center was begun 27 years ago by the Teamsters Union and City College to give working adults the opportunity to earn a college degree through night classes. Today, the school still offers only night classes to its students, 80 percent of whom are black and Hispanic women in their early thirties.
I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN 2009 AWARD--nomination letters. (pdf).
The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies was established at Queens College over twenty years ago with the support of the late Chancellor Joseph S. Murphy. The Institute includes The Center for Worker Education and The Center for Community, Labor and Policy Studies.
The Center for Worker Education provides undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs to working adults and union members who want to improve their skills, upgrade their qualifications, advance their careers, and deepen their understanding of the world. Recently, the Institute has been elevating these activities to a University-wide level and providing unions and their members with a single entry point into CUNY's 1,200 academic programs, 19 campuses, and diverse educational resources. Partnerships with the CUNY's School of Professional Studies, City Tech, and the College of Staten Island have enabled the Institute to create new programs that meet the academic and career advancement needs of working adults and union members.
The Center for Labor, Community and Policy Studies conducts strategic research, organizes public forums and conferences, publishes a national journal, and offers an array of leadership development programs. It sponsors local forums and national conferences, publishes a nationally acclaimed journal, The New Labor Forum and a widely used anthology on the labor movement (A New Labor Movement for the New Century, Gregory Mantsios, Ed., New York: Garland Publishers, 1998).