Teamsters Local 237

Education Department

Local 237's Education Department/Education Fund provides a wide variety of education programs for Citywide and Housing Division members of Local 237. The Department strives to equip our members with the skills they need to meet the challenges of the ever-changing and increasingly technologically-advanced workplace. These skills will qualify members for promotional titles and new job opportunities.

The Department is constantly working to find new education opportunities for members that result in public certification of skills and abilities. In addition, the Department has broadened its scope to include educational activities that enable members to advance their careers even beyond those titles represented by Local 237. We have been instrumental in creating sensitive and relevant adult college degree programs for our members with several divisions of the City University of New York. These include an evening college B.A. program through the City College of New York and an M.A. program in Public Administration through Brooklyn College, geared to careers in New York City government.

The Education Department provides college counseling for degree selections, but does not provide tuition assistance for courses members may take. Members may be eligible for scholarships for college tuition, professional courses or certifications not offered by Local 237’s Education Department.

All classes are for Local 237 members ONLY. All members will be verified before course enrollment.

Online Registration
Below is a list of courses that you may click on to sign up for online.  For a full list of courses and other details, click here.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Classes

  • Heating Plant Technician Certificate Course – To Be Announced
  • Elevator Mechanic (Open Competitive and Promotional) – Filing Begins in November 2016
  • Supervisor of School Security (Promotional ONLY) – Filing Begins in March 2017

These sign-ups will become available closer to the date of filing. Check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Education Division Staff
Bertha Aiken Director  
Shanell Grayson Assistant Director
Katie Grate Department Secretary
  216 West 14th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel. : (212) 807-0550
Email contact:



The more you know, the more you make. It's that simple!

To help you do so, Local 237's Education Department offers courses year-round to help members acquire the skills they need to meet the challenges of an increasingly technological workplace. The department also offers classes that prepare members for promotional exams and the GED diploma.

If you are interested in a class listed below, please call Local 237's Education and Training Department for registration dates and class schedule.


  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • General Equivalency Diploma Preparation (GED)
  • English As A Second Language (ESL)
  • Spanish As A Second Language (SSL)


  • Keyboarding -- Learn the basic function of the computer keyboard
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word



pdf Ethical Awareness (108 KB)

pdf Use of Force / Article 35 (139 KB)


Most classes will meet in the evening hours or weekends.

The Education Department also provides free counseling for degree programs at two- or four-year colleges. The department, however, does not provide tuition assistance for those programs members may wish to take. If you don't see the course in which you are interested, or you would like more information on all our classes, including those not listed here, please call the Education Department at 212-807-0550.

Oral History Project

Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.

Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.

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