Union Free College to hit 11,000 students served

Posted Aug. 8, 2018 by

This week, Patrick Austin, an OCSEA member from Trumbull Correctional Institution and student at Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC), met with EGCC President Jimmy Bruce and a team from Sherrod Brown’s office to discuss the impact the college is having on working families in Ohio.

With OCSEA and AFSCME’s partnership together with that of the national AFL-CIO, Eastern Gateway is poised to enroll more than 11,000 students for fall classes alone! Students all over Ohio and across the country are taking advantage of EGCC’s fully online, flexible programs in Business Management, Criminal Justice, Accounting and more.

Patrick began taking Criminal Justice classes online through OCSEA’s FREE COLLEGE offering two years ago, but has since switched to the Welding program in the hopes of getting his Welding certificate in the near future. Because he lives in the Youngstown area near the Eastern Gateway campus, he is able to take advantage of the whole catalogue of Eastern Gateway offerings and attend classes in person.

Enrollment for EGCC for the fall is now and classes begin on Aug. 20. The second fall term begins Oct 15. To learn more about OCSEA’s partnership with EGCC and to get started go to

OCSEA member and EGCC enrollee, Patrick Austin, visits with representatives of EGCC and Sen. Sherrod Brown's office to discuss the benefits of free college for union members and their families.