The theme of this year’s event was “Forward!” — highlighting the excitement that has been building at NLC over the past couple of years as we expand our rigorous programs and student-focused services to bring high quality accessible and affordable collegiate education to more men and women of the labor movement. There is nothing more important to us than the power of education to improve the lives of those in our labor community.
When Edward Smith attended National Labor College (NLC) back in 1974, labor was in its heyday. A labor shortage meant high wages and ‘cafeteria’ benefits.
Smith was a sponge soaking up all the information he could from his professors and his fellow students, who came from all across the country to fight for workers.
“We were all dedicated; all on a mission,” says Smith. “We were missionaries for the labor movement.” Continue reading