AFSCME member advances career thanks to Free College Benefit

Robin Cartwright of AFSCME Local 2536 is going from being a Communications Operator with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to an Intelligence Analyst with the Pennsylvania State Police.

This promotion comes thanks to Robin’s tenacious determination to advance her career, as well as an Associate’s Degree through AFSCME’s Free College Benefit.

A graduate of Shippensburg University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication/Journalism, Robin started with the Commonwealth as a Clerk Typist. She was promoted to Parole Communications Operator in 2017, but she needed credits in Criminal Justice to reach the next level.

AFSCME Local 2536 (Probation & Parole) member Robin Cartwright was able to get the degree she needed to advance her career thanks to AFSCME’s Free College Benefit

“When AFSCME announced the Free College program, and when I saw that one of the majors offered was Criminal Justice, I jumped on it with both feet,” Robin said.

“It’s been super beneficial, and the best part is it’s cost me no money out-of-pocket.”

Free and convenient online courses through Eastern Gateway Community College have allowed Robin to earn the credits she needs. She will now turn her focus to a new, exciting job, which will fortunately allow her to continue to be a member of AFSCME.

The Free College Benefit is available to AFSCME members, their families and retirees, and offers degree programs in Criminal Justice, Labor Studies, Business Management, Information Technology, Healthcare Management, Marketing, Finance and more!

For more information and to begin the registration process, visit or call 888-590-9009.