Start the year off right with union education benefits

Posted Jan. 8, 2019 by

OCSEA's education benefits truly rise above the rest! That's because the union knows that more education means more opportunities for its members and families. It's a brand new year, so why not take stock of all the educational benefits your union has to offer –– including totally FREE college, college and book scholarships and the AMAZING Union Education Trust that helps members advance on-the-job and beyond.

Get set with FREE college

The OCSEA Free College program exploded in 2018, adding many new degree programs, including more than a half dozen focus areas to the Business Management associate degree. OCSEA's partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College has broken free college records nationwide, serving thousands from coast-to-coast and awarding OCSEA families alone $1.3 million in free college scholarship since its inception. From tech jobs and marketing to criminal justice and human resources, OCSEA and Eastern Gateway are opening the doors to education that matters.

This is just another way that your union is looking out for families, their futures––and their wallets. Learn more at First Spring session starts Jan. 14, with a Second Spring session beginning March 19.

grow with Union Education trust

The Union Education Trust is where State of Ohio bargaining unit employees go for education assistance. Explore the union-negotiated Trust programs and begin your journey shaping your future for tomorrow's jobs today. The UET provides employees with money for college, vocational school, computer training and short-term courses that help them expand at work and into new careers. Visit for more information.

Save with the Les best scholarship

OCSEA is doing everything it can to ease the burden of a college education. A total of $12,000 in scholarships are awarded to OCSEA members, their dependents and spouses each year. The Les Best Scholarship application window is now OPEN and will run through April 30, 2019. Apply now at