YSU and OCSEA extend tuition-free bachelor's degree pilot

Posted Sep. 13, 2017 by

OCSEA is pleased to announce that Youngstown State University, OCSEA and the coalition of Higher Education Partners will continue their partnership pilot to provide OCSEA members with a tuition-free bachelor's degree. These include online degrees in General Studies and Criminal Justice. You can get more information on the tuition-free benefit in this flier or at

The next class session starts on January 8. Remember, this tuition-free, online bachelor's degree program is ONLY available to active, OCSEA members who are eligible for the Union Education Trust and already have an associates degree.

Eastern Gateway announces new degrees coming soon

Both OCSEA members AND their family members are eligible for the the free associate degree program through Eastern Gateway Community College. At the recent OCSEA Convention, the union spotlighted recent OCSEA graduates of EGCC. EGCC President Dr. Jimmie Bruce also honored the graduates and was pleased to announce that nearly 6,500 AFSCME-related students around the country have enrolled resulting in total scholarships of nearly $7 million. Of those students, 783 of them were OCSEA members and family members.

Dr. Bruce also announced new degree programs in the works including Cyber Security, IT App Development, Medical Assisting, and Hospitality Management. He also announced a partnership with Barnes & Noble Education to launch a brand new online Learning Management System. The second fall session begins Oct. 16 and the early spring session begins Jan. 16. Register now! Get the flier or visit is mobile

More good news! is also now fully mobile functional. OCSEA is excited to announce that we have updated our education website to feature a responsive and mobile friendly experience for members. Members can now access and apply to their no-cost education website on tablets and phones. We know you're busy and constantly on-the-go. We hope this upgraded web feature will make your no-cost college experience even easier!