Local 1180 Education Fund Programs
The Education Fund is devoted to providing various education programs to members.
College Tuition Reimbursement Program
Local 1180 reimburses tuition and registration costs up to $200 per semester for up to three semesters per calendar year. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, and complete the course with a passing grade in order to qualify. Also, the student must be a Local 1180 member in good standing for the entire semester in which applying for reimbursement.
College Book Reimbursement Local 1180 will reimburse up to $25 for books for qualifying students. The book reimbursement is for up to three semesters per calendar year.
New York City (DCAS) Course Reimbursement*
Local 1180 will reimburse qualified students up to $100 per calendar year for courses taken with the New York City (DCAS) program. The courses are tailored for the City of New York workforce and most courses are offered at the DCAS Training Center in lower Manhattan. DCAS publishes three course catalogs each year. For additional information, please visit their website. This serves as a valuable education tool for interested individuals.
Adult Education Courses and Seminars*
Local 1180 will reimburse qualified students up to $100 per calendar year for most adult education job-related courses and seminars. This includes courses taken in schools of continuing education in colleges and universities throughout the city. In addition, this benefit includes courses and seminars offered at private institutions, such as Fred Pryor seminars. Courses and seminars in this grouping are geared for the busy professional, and in some cases are offered in a one-day setting. Also, students will receive excellent take-home material and access to professional literature on the subject matter. If interested in these offerings, please visit the appropriate website e.g. the college or university school of continuing education of your choice or the website for Fred Pryor. If you are unhappy with a seminar you take at Fred Pryor, you will receive a credit to take another one of your choice.
Career Development Conferences*
Local 1180 will reimburse qualified students up to $100 per calendar year for job-related career development conferences.
Local 1180 provides Workplace Literacy Courses at Local 1180 (6 Harrison Street, NYC). The courses are held week nights and on Saturdays. Course offerings are primarily courses that will enhance your career development. courses require a refundable deposit that will be refunded with satisfactory attendance.
Local 1180 offers Workplace Literacy seminars/workshops at the Union, 6 Harrison Street, NYC. The seminars/workshops offered are Pre-Retirement, which is offered during a two-day period, and Home Ownership, a one-day seminar/workshop.
The Home Ownership Seminar/Workshop covers ownership of a single- or multiple-dwelling house, condominium, and coop apartments, as well as mortgage refinancing. The Home Ownership program is an excellent vehicle for individuals who have always thought about ownership, but for some reason never took the plunge.
For more information concerning the Workplace Literacy Program, call 212.331.4985 to schedule an appointment. The Workplace Literacy Program is located at 6 Harrison Street.
Exam Prep courses are offered at Local 1180 in conjunction with exams that are held by DCAS for Local 1180 titles.
* The combined total reimbursement per calendar year for New York City (DCAS) courses, Adult Education Courses, and Career Development Conferences cannot exceed $100.
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
(Formerly Murphy Institute)
Local 1180 sponsors qualified students for up to 24 undergraduate and 24 graduate credits at the Murphy Institute. The sponsorship includes most of the registration fees. In addition, undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are covered by the 24 credits.
In order to qualify, students must complete a community service project for each semester they are receiving the 24 credits. The community service project involves eight hours of participation each semester — two hours per month for four months.
Murphy Institute courses are offered at two locations. The first is at the School of Professional Studies, 25 W. 43rd Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY. For information call 212.827.0200. The second location is Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Kissena Hall, Room 217, Flushing, NY. Telephone number for information is 718.997.3060. For more information about the program click here.
Watch what current CWA 1180 members have to say about the Murphy Institute.
The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern. CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired, or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Deadlines and more details are on the CWA website.
The Union Plus Scholarship
Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses, and their dependent children as defined by IRS regulations are eligible to apply. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse, or parent is required. The Union Plus Scholarship application provides details on the awards and deadlines to apply.