Union Specific Programs and Services

Leap to Teacher (LTT) Program

The LEAP-to-Teacher Program is offered in collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT)  (http://www.uft.org/) and the New York City Department of Education.  This program is for paraprofessionals working in New York City public schools who wish to earn teacher certification or to take career-advancement courses. Paraprofessionals can enroll in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Programs are offered at Queens College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and the College of Staten Island.

Leap to Teacher Support Services: (Services may vary by Campus)

  • Pre-application & application advisement
  • Financial aid counseling and information about special grant opportunities
  • Academic advisement from admission to graduation
  • Career advisement
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Free Teacher Certification Exam preparation workshops
  • Information about NYS requirements for teacher certification
  • Tutoring sessions
  • Writing support
  • Test and College Preparation

Tuition Support

UFT covers up to 6 credits per semester on a tuition free basis.



Iris DeLutro, CUNY-Wide LTT coordinator

(718) 997-3060


The CWA- 1180 Urban Leadership and Scholarship

The Local CWA 1180 (www.cwa1180.org) Urban Leadership program is a special sequence of courses and projects for students in Urban Studies degree programs. It offers students opportunities for experiential and applied learning and gives students: 

  • Important higher education credentials;
  • A deeper understanding of urban problems and issues;
  • Improved analytical skills;
  • Greater knowledge of government agencies and the delivery of social services, the legislative and budgetary process, and urban workforce issues and problems; and, 
  • Preparation for  leadership in the  workplace, union, and community.

Tuition Support

Tuition costs for up to 24 credits in the Urban Leadership program are covered by Local 1180.  Members who wish to take additional credits are reimbursed at the rate of $200 per semester.

CWA 1180 Labor Studies Scholarship Program

Local 1180 offers two full scholarships a year for applicants to the MA in Labor Studies degree program.  Awards are made by a committee, based on candidates’ academic record, writing ability, and history of union and community engagement. The scholarship covers tuition costs from admissions through graduation for students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Cultural Competency and Patient Care Technician Certificate Program.

The program was developed in collaboration with 1199 SEIU (health care workers union) (www.1199seiu.org) and CUNY’s Lehmann College. This 10-month cohort-based upgrading program was developed to teach students how to work with culturally diverse patient populations and prepare them to become Patient Care Technicians.

Based on the Washington State I-BEST model, the program provides a unique model that includes small classes, team-teaching, and a curriculum that integrates subject matter with basic skills instruction. The  integration of basic education into college courses is a mainstreaming model to help students improve their literacy level and increase their work skills while earning higher education credentials.

The Basic Reading and Writing section of the program is designed to introduce students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence to create critical and analytical responses to reading materials from the Cultural Competency class. The course places special emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills and assists adult learns, who were out of school for a while to successfully complete the college level coursework.

The program includes:

  • Cultural Competency Course
  • Integrated Basic Skills Instruction into the Cultural Competency course
  • Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy and EKG Training
  • Tutoring and additional lab practice
  • Exam review


For more information please contact:

Dr. Maryam (Sara) Esfarayeni

Academic Manager, Worker Education and Workforce Development

(212) 642-2062



Transit Certificate Program

In partnership with the Transport Workers Union Local 100/New York City Transit Authority Training and Upgrading Fund, the Murphy Institute offers two courses required for completion of a Transit Certificate Program: The Development of Mass Transit in New York City: The Industry and its Workers and Worker Health and Safety. (A third required course is offered by the Local 100 Training Fund).Courses are designed to provide transit workers with an enhanced understanding of their working environment and to prepare them for promotional opportunities within the industry. The program is offered in mid-Manhattan and at the TWU Local 100 Training and Upgrading Fund. 

Tran 301- The Development of Mass Transit in New York City: The Industry and its Workers

Prerequisite: None 

This course provides an overview of key issues in contemporary public transportation for the New York City Transit Workers Union, Local 100, and its members. These issues include: the organization, development, and financing of the industry, and the union’s development in this context; global and historical comparisons of transit systems and labor’s role within these; the public-private hybrid nature of public authorities, such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority and New York City Transit, which manage New York City’s public transit system; an overview of labor relations in New York City transit; the impact of transit policy on urban communities and on transit workers; and changing transit technology and the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

TRAN 302 - Worker Health & Safety

Prerequisite: None 

This course addresses all aspects of workers' health and safety in the urban mass transportation industry, with the goal of offering students a beginning understanding of the complete field of occupational safety and health. Specifically, the following areas of concern will be covered: legal and contractual requirements in regard to worker health and safety; New York City Transit Worker's Union Local 100 perspectives; New York City Transit/MTA Policy Instructions; workers' compensations, disability, health benefits and pensions; and, specific risks and hazards in the public transit workplace in New York City, i.e., asbestos, lead, and ergonomics.



Kevin Simmons 

(212) 642-2082 



Environmental Control Technology Programs

In collaboration with NYC Technical College, the Murphy Institute offers members of Local 94 (International Union of Operating Engineers) (www.local94.com)  an Associate's degree program in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Members who have completed the union's training program are awarded 15 college credits toward the degree. Like other workforce development programs of the Murphy Institute, the HVAC program combines specialized technical education with liberal arts study for workers in rapidly changing industries where advancement requires new skills and knowledge. The Local 94 Training Fund will provide tuition support for up to 30 credits toward the Associate's Degree.

Local 94 members can apply credits earned in the HVAC program toward a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Managementoffered at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). This program provides state-of-the art training as well as the credentials necessary for occupational advancement. 


Kevin Simmons

(212) 642-2082 



DC37 Labor Certificate programs  

DC 37  (www.dc37.net) partners with the Murphy Institute and Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations to offer a Certificate in Labor Relations. This four-course, 16-credit undergraduate program offers a comprehensive overview of union-side labor relations in the public sector. In particular, the certificate helps students gain practical skills and knowledge, necessary for effective leadership in the areas of collective bargaining, union administration, organizing, and labor law.