Labor School and Advanced Academy Registration

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Given the uncertain nature of the public health crisis due to COVID-19, Labor School courses will be offered online this academic year. The safety and health of our students and faculty are a top priority. WSU online Labor School is an excellent and highly regarded labor education program.

Scholarship Assistance: We understand that many people are facing financial hardships and we do not want that to be a barrier to labor education. Therefore, Wayne State University would like to offer scholarship assistance. Scholarship recipients will pay $25 per course, 90% off the cost of Labor School and Advanced Academy courses. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Go to section A to register for Labor School, and section B to register for the Advanced Academy.


The certificate program consists of 10 non-credit, 5-week, labor relations and liberal arts courses that may be taken on the main Wayne State University campus or online. The Labor Leadership Development School (Labor School) has been educating union leaders, activists and the community for over 50 years.

Winter 2022 Labor School Courses

Effective Leadership (Jan-Feb), choose one from below;
Collective Bargaining (Jan-Feb), choose one from below;
Economics for Workers (Feb-Mar), choose one from below;
Power and Politics (Feb-Mar), choose one from below;
Building the Union (Mar-Apr), choose one from below;
Leading a Diverse Organization (Mar-Apr), choose one from below;


Advanced Labor Leadership Online Academy

The Advanced Labor Leadership Academy consists of 5 online courses, each are 5-weeks in length. Pre-requisite for admission to the Academy: successful completion of the Labor School. Consideration may be given for leadership and field experience.

Advanced Labor Academy Courses




Labor School courses are $250 each, the Advanced Labor Leadership Academy courses are also $250 each. Tuition includes all materials. Many students receive tuition assistance from their union or employer. Labor School courses are approved through UAW-Ford, GM, Chrysler and USW tuition assistance programs.

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Scholarships Available

There are 10-full scholarships available through the Michigan Labor Foundation and partial scholarships, based on need, through the Labor Studies Center Scholarship program. See links below to apply.

Michigan Labor Foundation Scholarship:

Labor Studies Center Scholarship: