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Metropolitan College at Jefferson Community and Technical College


Metropolitan College is a joint education-workforce-economic development initiative among the Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Louisville, the University of Louisville, Louisville Metro and State of Kentucky governments, and the region’s largest employer, UPS.  Acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Labor for best practices in innovative solutions to workforce development, Metropolitan College and UPS offer a well-documented solution for the elimination of the financial barriers to higher education for residents of Kentucky. Since its inception in 1998, this innovative partnership has helped thousands of students receive a free education and on-the-job training.  Participants work part-time at UP receiving wages and full benefits and may attend JCTC or the University of Louisville (specific admission criteria must be met) where they are eligible for full undergraduate Kentucky resident tuition for all coursework passed with a “C” or above. In addition, Metropolitan College participants are eligible for book reimbursement and academic completion bonuses. To fulfill the program’s mission of assisting students to integrate their academic, work and personal lives, Metropolitan College has a team of Student Development Counselors who assist students in a wide array of support services to ensure their success both in the workplace and in the classroom. The demands of managing a job, course work, and home life are often overwhelming, and this program provides students with unprecedented opportunities. In addition to their weekly paycheck and full benefits, participants received free tuition, housing subsidy, free transportation on the local transit system, and reimbursement for required textbooks. Retention from semester to semester is high, and work retention rates for UPS have risen dramatically.

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