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Find out more about your education benefits!

Call Us TOLL FREE at: 1 (844) 707-9464

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USW Members - You may qualify for up to $3,600 in educational benefits per year!

 We're offering EXCLUSIVE Zero Debt Initiative educational opportunities to all represented USW employees who have an ICD facility at their location!

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Start using your benefits!

About Us

 

ABTU is proud to be a DEAC accredited "National Education Partner" for USW and ICD.

We offer over 140 courses in dozens of fields of study related to skills you may have and are looking to improve upon. ABTU's courses are 100% online which allows us to offer you live interactive classes that accommodate all shifts.

 

Founded in 2001 and located in the heart of the Midwest, we understand the particular needs of union workers and have built this program specifically for you. Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

USW proudly represents employees from some of the USA’s best companies:

AK Steel • ArcelorMittal • ATI • BF Goodrich • Bridgestone • Corning • Good Year • Maclean Power Systems • Republic Steel • Tetra Pak • United States Steel Corp. • USS Posco • Veyance Technologies

 

How It Works

Call us TOLL FREE at 1 (844) 707-9464 or complete the short info request form on this page. Once you do, here is what to expect:

  1. Discovery Phone Call - A member of the ABTU staff will gladly review our course listing with you and discuss your particular interests and goals. (You will not be pressured into making any decisions. Our staff are non-commission based and are here to assist you.)
  2. Discovery Email - We will also send you an email with links to all courses and programs to review with you or you can choose to go over the materials at your convenience.
  3. Making the Right Connections - If you do not already know if you have an ICD at your particular plant location, or do not know who your ICD coordinator is, we will be glad to introduce you to them. (Your local Institute for Career Development (ICD) is who you speak with about obtaining and using certain union benefits for educational purposes.) 
  4. Choosing the Right Course(s) - Collectively, ABTU and your local ICD coordinator will help guide you through the rest of the process in choosing the right courses and how to proceed from here.
  5. Proven Experts in Adult Learning - As organizations that specialize in adult learning, ABTU and the ICD are here to make sure you are completely comfortable and confident with the direction at all times. If you ever have any hesitations or questions, we are here to help you get clarity and peace of mind in your decisions.
  6. Home Stretch - Again, we are here to assist you throughout the entire process from discovery to actual enrollment. Anytime you need help, we are here to assist you.

We offer live 24/7 assistance and our live support staff can guide you through resources, schedule tutoring sessions and provide a number of other services to ensure your experience is an enjoyable one.

Sound too good to be true?  Here are the FAQs...

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will this cost me? Nothing. Not a single dollar will come out of your pocket and we won’t be asking for sensitive payment information either. We will deal directly with the ICD to handle all tuition related expenses.

What do I need to provide? All you will need is a personal computer (3-5 years old or less), a broadband Internet connection and a willingness to learn. In some cases, you will also be able to use the technology resources at your local ICD office.

How many classes can I take? Your union benefits pre-approve you to take up to 4 classes, per year, without any additional out-of-pocket expense. If you wish to take more classes than the allotted amount, we have great discounts for all USW members should you choose to do so. ABTU does not accept student loans and does not encourage our students to take out student loans.

Do you have family discounts as well? ABTU supports all USW members and their families. Although funds are only available to employees of represented companies, ABTU can also apply tuition discounts of up to 35% for family of USW members should they choose to enroll in a degree program.

I'm a retired USW member. Do I qualify? Yes. We have special benefits and discounts for USW retirees as well, including an $1,800 annual scholarship and 20% discount on programs taken at ABTU.

Can I take single courses? Yes. Single courses of your choosing are available as well as full degree and Certification programs.

What if the course(s) I’m interested in aren’t listed? We encourage you to let us know, as chances are, the course material might be available, just not listed. Simply fill out the on this page and note in the “Comments” what courses you are interested in. If we do not offer it, we have partnerships with other educational institutions that may be able to help.  

What if my schedule changes? In addition to offering live lectures twice times per week, we also offer recorded lectures and custom class times for those workers on different shifts.

For example: Our standard live virtual classes are typically held 2 days per week from 5:30pm – 9:15pm CST. If you need more flexibility in class scheduling due to work commitments, we are able to offer other class times upon request.

Our goal at ABTU is to make sure that you get the courses you need, when you need them, at the time you need them.