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Earn & Learn Program

Wouldn't it be great to earn $15,000 for your college education? Join the UPS team in a part-time position and you can do just that - with the Earn and Learn program. Available in 51 UPS locations across the nation, the Earn and Learn program is just one way we aim to help employees make their world work better - by attaining their education and career goals.

  • Earn $3,000 in assistance per calendar year with a lifetime maximum of $15,000
  • Part-time management employee benefits are increased to $4,000 per calendar year with a lifetime maximum of $20,000
  • Eligibility begins the day you're hired and benefits are prorated accordingly in case you're hired mid-semester

Did you know that most UPSers start their careers at UPS as part-time employees? That's right. The company's strong commitment to promoting from within means we're constantly training today's part-time employees to become tomorrow's executives.

UPS also invests about $300 million a year on training programs to help employees further their careers within the company.

In 2010, approximately 56 percent of our current full-time drivers were once part-time employees, and more than 73 percent of our full-time managers (including most vice presidents) were once non-management employees. Our part-time workforce totaled 180,000 people at the end of 2010. During the year 2,642 part-time employees advanced to full-time work. Our management ranks at the end of the year included 1,174 employees who moved into management for the first time.

Metropolitan College

Metropolitan College is not a brick and mortar college. Instead, it is a partnership between UPS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Jefferson Community and Technical College. The program requires that students work part-time in the UPS Air Operation in Louisville, KY. Participants in the program work in the 1DA operation with a start time between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. in exchange for a free education at either of the two partnership schools. Benefits of the program, in addition to regular employee benefits, include:

  • Deferred full undergraduate in-state tuition
  • Book Reimbursement
  • Academic Bonuses
  • Student support at work
  • Student support on campus
  • Career Services
  • On-site computer lab

More details about the Metropolitan College program are available at www.metro-college.com.

The Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP) is a partnership program between the UPS Hodgkins facility and five participating colleges (Moraine Valley Community College, Chicago State University, Morton College, Prairie State College and Olive-Harvey College). Individuals that are accepted into the program attend one of these colleges and are available to work at UPS during the Sunrise (4am-9am) or Night (10pm-3am) shift as a part-time package handler. The program offers additional educational benefits to help cover their college expenses. More details about the CRCP program are available at http://www.crcprogram.com.

Available Scholarships For Children Of UPS Employees

Bringing the dream of a college education closer to reality is what UPS scholarships help fund. As the cost to attend colleges and universities continues to rise, UPS supports a wide range of scholarship programs to ensure students have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Through the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE), The UPS Foundation supports scholarships at all of the 665 independent colleges nationwide as well as several National Merit Scholars each year. In addition, The Foundation funds scholarships for the children of UPS employees.

James E. Casey Scholarship Program

The James E. Casey Scholarship Program was established in 1963 for the purpose of offering scholarship support to children of UPS employees who planned to enter four-year degree programs at colleges and universities. Scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 per year over four years of undergraduate study at a college or university. These programs also include scholarships for Achievement Scholars, Merit Scholars, Canadian and Mexican students.

The competition for the scholarships is open to any student who is a U.S. citizen and whose parent is a regular UPS employee on the date of the student's application and at the time of award.

The George D. Smith Scholarship Program

The George D. Smith Scholarship Program was established in 1983 to provide support for children of full-time UPS employees who are high school seniors planning to enroll in full-time courses of study of two years or less. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 per year. Eligible programs include those at business schools, vocational-technical schools, and associate degree programs at four-year colleges and universities. The programs must result in either an associate degree or another formal certification of skills.

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