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Educational and Cultural Programs

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) established the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund in 1964 to provide educational, charitable and philanthropic programs that would improve the welfare of members, their families and the community. Though eligibility varies for each program, all benefits from this Fund are offered at no cost to eligible members of Local Union No. 3. You can find more information in The Summary Plan Description (PDF, 11.5MB) booklet.

Educational Program Description

Scholarship Program

Your child can apply for one or more of the scholarship awards offered by JIB. Click here for the 2018 Scholarship Application(s)

College Tuition Reimbursement Program

You and your spouse are eligible for college tuition reimbursement, up to a $20,000 lifetime maximum each.

College Tuition Assistance Benefit

You may apply for a $32,000/$48,000 line of credit for each of your children to be used for undergraduate or graduate tuition at an accredited college and may borrow up to $4,000/$6,000 per child, per semester (fall or spring). You can borrow for no more than two children per semester and can have no more than a total of $56,000 in unpaid loans. The interest rate on the loan is pegged to the mid-term "Applicable Federal Rate" or "AFR" that is set by the IRS on a monthly basis. Once fixed, the AFR applies for the nine-year life of the $32,000/$48,000 line of credit. For information about the College Assistance Tuition Benefit (C-Tab), please Click here

General Educational Development (GED)

Classes are offered from September to June at the Electrical Industry Center in Flushing for those participants planning to take GED exams in pursuit of a diploma. Click here for more information and to obtain an application to register for GED preparation classes.

Citizenship Responsibility

After completing this five-session course, you may receive 80% of your daily rate to offset wages lost when you are called for jury duty.

Pre-Retirement Seminars

Frequent seminars are conducted at the Electrical Industry Center to help you and your spouse best prepare for retirement.

Camp Integrity

This summer camp offers a full sports program, arts and crafts, nature and field trips, and is open to the children of eligible participants.

Information concerning the Spring 2018 Camp Integrity and Kamp Kiwanis session will be posted in early 2018.

Classes and Seminars

The JIB offers a range of courses at no charge to you. Some examples include Transit Skills Classes, Basic and Advanced Estimating and Computer Classes.

In compliance with the "A" construction electricians' contract, the funding for Commercial Driver License training ("CDL") will be paid through the Education and Cultural Trust Fund. Eligible members who are interested in obtaining their CDL should call the office at (718) 591-2000 ext. 1530.

The Spring Art Festival Program

A biennial festival sponsored by the Fund that highlights the talents of you and your family through the display of more than 300 original works of art. The next festival will be held in 2018.

JIB Learning Management System

The JIB has a learning management system to deliver online training courses to IBEW Local Union No. 3 eligible Members. Please Click here for more information or log on directly to www.jiblearning.org to access the system and take courses.

Critical Thinking In Human Relations

The Critical Thinking in Human Relations course is one of the educational programs offered at the Electrical Industry's Education Center in Cutchogue, Long Island. To be eligible, members must have worked for an employer who has made twenty-six weeks of contributions to the plan on their behalf. Active members/retirees and their eligible dependents are able to stay at the facility from Friday evening through Sunday at noon while members attend the Critical Thinking Course on Saturdays. Click here for more information

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