Labor School and Advanced Academy Certificate Programs


2022-2023 Course Schedule

Labor School has been educating union leaders, workers and community allies for over 50 years and understands the importance of everyone having the opportunity to professionally develop their skills and knowledge.

Exclusively Online

Labor School courses will be offered online this academic year. The safety and health of our students and faculty is my top priority. WSU online Labor School is an excellent and highly regarded labor education program.

Flexible and Interactive Online Course Schedule and Design

  • Each weekly session opens at noon on Mondays and students have one-week, working at their own pace, to complete each weekly session.
  • Students will have access to their interactive courses, lectures, videos and classmates' discussions 24-hours a day. Courses will provide you with the flexibility to work on your assignments, learn from instructors and engage with classmates from various unions, states and occupations, ANYTIME.
  • We will offer FREE training of our online platform before classes begin in the Fall and Winter.

Labor School Courses

The certificate program consists of 10 non-credit, 5-week, labor relations and liberal arts courses. The Labor Leadership Development School (Labor School) has been educating union leaders, activists and the community for over 50 years.  Take two classes per week and finish in one year, or take one class per week and finish in two years. Upon completion of the required 10 courses, students will receive a certificate from the Labor Studies Center.

Fall 2022 Winter 2023
9/12-10/17/22 1/9-2/13/23
US Labor History Collective Bargaining
Basic Grievance Handling Effective Leadership or Union Women's Leadership
10/17-11/21/22 2/13-3/20/23
State of Labor Power and Politics
Your Rights in the Workplace Economics for Workers
  Leading a Diverse Organization
  Building the Union


Advanced Labor Academy

Fall 2022 Winter 2023
9/12-10/17/22 1/9-2/13/22
Transformational Leadership Media Matters
10/17-11/21/22 2/13-3/20/23
Strategic Planning Advanced Grievance Handling
  Powerful Presentations

Labor School and Advanced Academy Tuition and Scholarships

Classes are $250 each. Labor School courses are approved through UAW-Ford, UAW-GM, UAW-Chrysler and USW tuition assistance programs. Scholarships are available to pay a portion of your tuition through the Ethel Schwartz Memorial scholarship for Labor Education or the Labor Studies Center, students would be responsible for only $25 per course.

Register Today!

Register for the Labor School or the Advanced Academy by calling the Labor Studies Center office at 313-577-2191 or register online at