Education Planning

CSEA would like to help you and your family in as many ways as possible in achieving your educational goals. In addition to offering scholarships and grants to help offset some of the costs, below is a list of resources to assist you and your family, including information on completing the GED, Adult Education, professional certification programs, on-line degrees, and various guides to California colleges and universities.

Union Plus College Education Resources
Union Plus College Education Resources provides members and their families with many higher education resources including a link to the Union Plus College Planning Center, information on scholarships and financial aid, test taking strategies, tips for filling out the FAFSA, and offers many student discounts on college entrance test preparation, Dell Computers, AT&T wireless, and more.

National Labor College
You may be closer to a degree than you think! Check out the National Labor College’s online degrees. National Labor College (NLC)—the only college in the United States dedicated exclusively to the education needs of union members and their families — has made it even easier and more affordable for hard-working adults with family commitments to complete their college degrees. Whether you need one more class to get that degree or are just half-way there, NLC’s new state-of-the-art online degree programs allow you to gain the credits you need while balancing your coursework with work and family responsibilities. They offer degrees and certificate programs in Business Administration, Construction Management, Emergency Readiness and Response Management, as well as Labor Studies. They also offer Certificate Programs, Union Skills Programs, and more. Scholarships based on financial need are also available.

Guide to California Colleges
This online guide contains detailed information about California’s public colleges and universities, WASC-accredited non-public institutions, and state-approved or exempt private postsecondary and vocational institutions.

Mapping Your Future
This public-service, nonprofit web site provides career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services to students and their families. There is even a complete section dedicated to adult students.

California Community Colleges
Community colleges are often a perfect fit for classified employees looking to improve their job skills or advance their career. Find the community colleges in your area to see what classes are offered.

California State University
CSUMentor is an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University system, select a CSU campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission.

University of California
More and more students are discovering the transfer path to the state’s nine University of California campuses. Priority admission is given to California community college transfer students over other transfer applicants.

UC Extension Programs — University of California
Discover a variety of classes you can take, many leading to professional certifications, without enrolling in the University of California. Many of the UC Extension classes are offered on-line and in the evenings to accommodate working adults.

Adult Education
California’s Adult Education Program serves more than two million students annually through public adult schools, community colleges, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and correctional institutions.

GED (High School Diploma equivalency)
If you never got your high school diploma or equivalency, it’s not too late. The General Educational Development Test (GED) may be taken by students 18 years old and older for the purpose of receiving the California High School Equivalency Certificate.

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