Educational benefits for CSEA members

Partnership for Education and Training

CSEA-represented State employees may apply for tuition vouchers for credit and non-credit courses at more than 130 participating colleges and BOCES. One course per academic year may be requested at any time during the Partnership's application period. As an alternative to the voucher program, Partnership reimbursement is available for courses at non-participating schools. Reimbursement approval requests follow the same procedures as applying for a Partnership voucher.

Partnership Advisement Services

The Partnership Line -- 1-800-253-4332 -- provides information and advice about career and educational benefits for all CSEA-represented employees. Partnership Advisers are available to members for academic advisement, career planning, financial aid information, and basic skills services. After normal business hours, leave a message for a return call or contact the Partnership on Thursday evenings until 8:30 p.m. Your agency education liaison, training or personnel office, your CSEA Local President, or Partnership liaison can also provide information about Partnership benefits. WORK Institute

CSEA WORK Institute

1 Lear Jet Lane, Suite 5
Latham, NY 12110
518-782-4429 fax

The WORK Institute targets grants that will improve the skills and livelihood of our members. These grants assist CSEA members in career advancement through select programs and training. Additionally, the WORK Institute strives to assist unemployed and underemployed workers in CSEA represented jobs. The Workers' Opportunities, Resources and Knowledge (WORK) Institute was created as part of CSEA's mission to recognize working men and women as our greatest resource. Through the WORK Institute, CSEA is committed to expanding education and training opportunities that enable workers to reach their career goals and potential. The WORK Institute's mission is to assist individuals in creating career paths that lead to career advancement and job security. Over time the WORK Institute will address all facets of workforce development, from career planning to skills development and upgrade, and finally job referral and placement.

The WORK Institute targets grants that will improve the skills and livelihood of our members. These grants assist CSEA members in job retention and career advancement through selected programs and trainings. Civil Service Test Preparation Services

***As of September 1st, 2003, CSEA's WORK Institute will have Civil Service Test Preparation Booklets available for order. They are also available free to members online in the Members Only area of CSEA's website.***

There are 29 review booklets designed to help individuals prepare to take state and local government civil service exams. Booklets coincide with various areas listed on civil service announcements under "Subject of Examination." Cost $4.00 per booklet for CSEA members. For an order form and advice for exam preparation, contact the CSEA WORK Institute at 1-866-478-5548. Civil Service Test Preparation Video Titled "Making the Mark: Tips and Strategies for Civil Service Test Takers," this is an interactive video test preparation program including a 50 page workbook. It includes section on general test-taking tips and Understanding and Interpreting Written Material, and Evaluation Conclusions in the Light of Known Facts. Cost: $8 for members. Available from the CSEA WORK Institute at 1-866-478-5548.

CSEA Scholarships

CSEA awards twenty-four $1000 scholarships under the Irving Flaumenbaum memorial Scholarship. Plus, JLT and MetLife each sponsor a one-time $2,500 award. Applications are available in mid-February from Local and Unit Presidents. Filing for a Flaumenbaum scholarship automatically puts an applicant in consideration for the JLT and MetLife scholarships. Visit and type in "scholarships" in the search box to download the above mentioned scholarships.

AFSCME Scholarships and Education Benefits


AFSCME Family Scholarship program   provides ten scholarships of $2,000 each that are renewed for a maximum of four years. CSEA/AFSCME members' children (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member), and who are high school seniors are eligible. For an application, write to AFSCME Family Scholarship, Attention: Education Department, 1625 L. Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 429-1250. The scholarship application period opens August 1 and must be postmarked no later than December 31st. Winners are announced March 31st.

The Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Program   awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to CSEA/AFSCME members, spouses and children. Members must have been a member in good standing for at least one year and need not be a MasterCard cardholder to apply. For an application, write to: Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship, 1625 L. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Program opens in September and closes in January, but deadline dates vary. Winners are announced march 31st.

Joey Parisi Memorial Scholarship   is awarded to local union officers with substantial organizing responsibilities. The scholarship covers the cost of one year's participation in the Bachelor's Degree program at the National Labor College of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies.
The scholarship award includes the cost of the application, administrative portfolio and counseling fees, tuition cost for two courses for each of two terms, two round-trip economy airfare tickets from the student's home to Washington, DC. In addition, single occupancy room and board for the required weeks-in-residence, and the cost of require text. Lost time not included.
For additional information or to request an application write to: The National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland 20903 or telephone the National Labor College office at (800) GMS-4CDP. You may also reach the National Labor College by email at email (click here) or by fax at 301-434-0871. Please specify that you are interested in the AFSCME/Parisi scholarship.

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program   A scholarship of $10,000 per year for junior and senior years of college will be awarded to an actively employed CSEA/aFSCME member's child who is a college sophomore majoring in political science with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. The winner will also be given the opportunity to intern at the International Union Headquarters in the Political Action Department during the summer for one semester between his/her junior and senior year. For an application write to: AFSCME Family Scholarship Program, ATTN.: Education Department, 1625 L. Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 or click here to email. The application is also available on the Internet at AFSCME's website or call 202-429-1250. Application is available August 1. Deadline is July 1 and winners are announced March 31.

Educational resources discounts

Guaranteed lowest advertised prices for union members on Encyclopedia Americana, the New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Study Skills and other education books and software.

Call 1-888-733-READ (7323) and ask for the special union discount. Click here to email.


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