Established as a training center by the AFL-CIO in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills, the '
National Labor College is the nation’s only accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union members, leaders and staff.The NLC became a degree-granting college in 1997 and in March 2004 gained accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
With a campus located in Silver Spring, Maryland, a new state- of-the-art academic and conference center, and hotel quality residence halls, the College is well equipped to provide the classroom, meeting spaces and superb dining services, which have become its trademark. And the College has been the venue for an increasing number of national and international conferences on organizing, labor rights, civil rights, health care and pension benefits among other areas.
The NLC is also the home of the ”National Workers Memorial
” erected on campus to honor the memory of workers killed or fatally injured on the job, or in service to the labor movement.
Since its founding, more than 200,000 union officers and members have taken one or more of our union skills courses and over 1,100 BA degrees in labor studies have been granted. Recipients include international union presidents and officers, local union officials and stewards and workers from virtually every national and international union.