Q. Who is eligible for the Council 8 Free College Benefit?
A. AFSCME International members in good standing and their families. Family is defined as spouses, children, stepchildren, dependents and grandchildren. Potential students’ membership will be verified by AFSCME International.
Q. How do I qualify?
A. To qualify, AFSCME Council 8 members who want to enroll in EGCC’s online programs will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply any federal or state financial aid, or employer grants or tuition reimbursement benefits for which they show eligibility.
The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of all FAFSA applicants for a process called verification. Verification is the process by which an educational institution confirms accuracy of the data reported (or not reported) on an individual student’s FAFSA. During the verification process, information reported on the FAFSA is verified for accuracy against documentation submitted by the student and/or their parents. An application may be selected for verification at any time throughout the award year. Compliance with this verification procedure is required to remain eligible for the scholarship.
Q. What if I am not eligible for any federal financial aid?
A. Even if it is determined that the student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid, or employer grants or tuition reimbursement benefits, a last dollar scholarship will be applied to any remaining balance for tuition and fees at EGCC. The cost of the books is included in the fees, so students will have no costs other than equipment (computers, software, etc.).
Q. Tell me about Eastern Gateway Community College.
Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, open-access college located in Steubenville, Ohio, with sites in Youngstown and Warren. They are part of the University System of Ohio and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. They are committed to innovation and increasing quality educational opportunities for students in Ohio and across the country.
EGCC is one the fastest growing colleges in Ohio. They are a national Achieving the Dream Leader College, an American Association of Community Colleges School of Excellence, and are recognized nationally for their efforts to prepare a diverse student population for career success.
Q. Why should I earn college credit at EGCC if it’s not my local college?
A. Because EGCC is regionally accredited and regulated by the Ohio Department of Education, credits earned at EGCC can be transferred to other institutions across the country. The staff at the college is committed to helping students determine the right course of study that will help them continue their work at a college closer to their home.
Q. Will my previous college work or work experience count at EGCC?
A. EGCC is committed to helping you earn your degree. Their Office of Transfer Evaluations will help you determine whether your previous college work will transfer into EGCC, and whether you are eligible for college credit for previous work experience, such as military work or public service. We understand that you have worked hard for the college credit you have earned and expect to transfer as much as you can toward your degree completion plan.
Q. I’m worried I won’t have time for college work.
A. EGCC’s coursework is rigorous and meets the high standards of the state of Ohio and of its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. We understand that not everyone can meet the same schedule. Therefore, EGCC’s highly qualified instructors provide an online based learning format that gives students the opportunity to further their education while fulfilling responsibilities to both family and your career.
Classes are offered every 8 weeks during the semester.
Q. Is online learning for me?
A. Online learning has helped many students overcome the scheduling challenges of completing their degree. However, the format is not everyone. Take the following self-assessment developed by Miami of Ohio University to see if this will work for you.
Even as an online student at EGCC, you will have a comprehensive support system available to aid in your success, including access to your instructor through office hours and direct communication, an assigned academic advisor, an online writing center, free 24/7 access to online tutors.
Q: I want to find out more. What do I do next?
A: Go to www.council8Education.org to begin the application process. You must complete the Membership verification form, the EGCC application, the FAFSA and supply needed documentation such as a high school transcript and any verification documents required to determine federal or state grant eligibility. Your enrollment counselor can walk you through each step along the way.
Q: I know AFSCME Council 8 is a great advocate for me and I want to officially join the union. How do I do that?
A: Please call AFSCME Council 8 at (614) 841-1918.
Q. Which programs are offered through the scholarship program?
They include the following.
This program provides a background in criminal justice and homeland security. This field is as versatile as any can be–whether it’s providing order and enforcing laws, playing an important part in the legal system, or being a role model for a troubled individual.
Those currently employed in law enforcement and corrections may have a unique opportunity to apply their occupational training for credit for this degree.
Students who have completed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy could be eligible for up to 33 credits toward their degree—that is equivalent to 1 year toward the Criminal Justice Associate Degree!
Business Management Degree
Choose Eastern Gateway’s online Business Management program and you can do more than build a strong understanding of business theory. You can develop the practical knowledge and skills important for success in various business-related roles. Course topics include Interpersonal Communications, Organizational Behavior, and Principles of Management.
Concentrations in the Business Management Degree program include:
Students may also enroll in the shorter Business Management Certificate program. Students who choose this certificate may choose a concentration in Accounting.
The Accounting Program is designed to prepare students for employment in entry level positions in both public and private accounting. The program also will prepare the student who wishes to continue towards a four-year degree in accounting. As a paraprofessional, the program graduate is an important member of the management team performing cost analysis, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of conventional financial statements, and utilizing knowledge of a firm’s records to suggest improvements.
Students will have experience using computers for accounting applications, including spreadsheets, integrated general ledger packages, and payroll packages.
Patient Home Navigator Certificate
Healthcare advocacy is an emerging and exciting career– a significant portion of the over 500,000 healthcare jobs in the last 5 years were in this area. EGCC’s Patient Home Navigator certificate was created in partnership with the Medicare Rights Center and graduates will earn a Medicare Information Certified Specialist (MICS) certificate.
The range of Patient Navigator duties varies and EGCC students will be prepared to work in community or healthcare settings. Some of the jobs that Patient Home Navigators may be able to do include: Admissions Coordinator, Case Manager, Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), Patient Access Specialist, Patient Advocate, Patient Representative, Service Coordinator.
Upon successful completion, a student will understand medical terminology; ICD-9, CPT codes, and the equivalent; Medicaid claims; UB04’s; 1500’s; Medicare; Medicaid; and Commercial RA’s as well as Microsoft word/excel/office.
Associate of Arts Degree
The online Associate of Arts (AA) degree is a two-year program which parallels the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts degree at most four-year institutions. As a student in the program, you’ll be able to choose electives that align with your interests and career goals. Depending upon your selection, you can progress into baccalaureate programs such as psychology, sociology, English, history, fine arts, communications, or other fields in the arts disciplines.
The Paralegal Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a law environment in both public and private sectors. The paralegal graduate will be performing legal preparations, such as closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Other duties include the gathering of relevant facts of cases, identifying appropriate laws and decisions, organizing information, and preparing legal arguments. Paralegals work in government agencies, law firms, corporations, real estate firms, as well as non-profit organizations. The demand for paralegal professionals is expected to increase by more than 50% over the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Early Childhood Education Degree
The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree is your first step in building a foundation for success in the world of childcare. You will focus on important topics in early childhood, such as development, learning assessment, special learners, and instructional strategy.
Associate of Individualized Study Degree
This flexible program designed for students who have been close to graduating with a degree, but who have not yet succeeded in doing so. It is for those who have substantial previous college credit that can transfer into EGCC.
Students choosing this must work with an advisor, get their previous and future work approved by a committee, and complete a minimum of 18 credits with EGCC.
Note that depending on the number of credits taken per semester, and the number of any previous credits earned and transferred, 60 credits usually takes a full time student 2 years to complete. Students utilizing the Free College Benefit are not required to attend full time and can take 1 class per term.