The Training Center has established a partnership with The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College SUNY to enable members and apprentices to earn an Associate in Science degree in Labor Studies. The program combines college credits that you earn through your apprenticeship courses with general education and liberal arts courses provided by the Van Arsdale Center. College credits are available for:
Carpenters who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2002 or later
Millwrights who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2003 or later
Cabinetmakers who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2004 or later
Floor Coverers who began apprenticeship in the Fall of 2005 or later.
Note: Bachelor’s Degree options are also available
Dock builder/Pile Driver apprentices: This program is currently being prepared for college credit evaluation; we anticipate the evaluation of the program will occur during the 2014-2015 school year. You may be entitled to credits for identical coursework from our other approved programs.
Journey-Level Workers: The Associates Degree program is open to journey-level workers who wish to pursue higher education and who began their apprenticeship by the above dates.
Available Degree Options
Students completing the Empire State College program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Labor Studies from Empire State College. This can be the completion of a student’s college career, or the beginning. Students can continue with the college for a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or transfer to another college or university.
Educational Requirements for the Associate Degree*
An Associate in Science degree requires 64 credit hours, of which at least 32 must be in liberal arts and at least 24 must have been earned through Empire State College.
National CCRS has evaluated the Carpenter, Millwright, Cabinetmaking and Floorcovering education programs to be worth 25-35 college credits, which Empire State College will accept toward its 64-credit associate degree when the apprenticeship is complete.
In addition, a student may be able to transfer up to 10 credits in liberal arts from an accredited college and still earn the minimum 24 required from Empire State College for a degree: