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Janine Hogan

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Janine Hogan on receiving the Outstanding JCTC MC Student Award for the 2013-2014 school year.

When I got pregnant with twins at age 19, I thought my life was over, but so many doors have opened for me and I am forever grateful. Metropolitan College has really opened up a beautiful bay window of opportunities.

Congratulations to Janine Hogan on receiving the Outstanding JCTC MC Student Award for the 2013-2014 school year.

Janine Hogan began employment with UPS as a package handler in February 2012; she became a Metropolitan College participant in April 2012. Janine Hogan, the proud mother of one-year old twins, is a full-time student at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). She majors in education and recently finished the spring 2014 semester with an overall 3.625 cumulative GPA while working nights at UPS. She plans to graduate from JCTC with her Associate of Applied Science in Education in May 2015.

“When I got pregnant with twins at age 19, I thought my life was over, but so many doors have opened for me and I am forever grateful. Metropolitan College has really opened up a beautiful bay window of opportunities. This program offers so much! I cannot stress how much this program has helped me achieve my goals,” said Hogan.

Career Goals and Volunteer Work
Hogan’s career goal is to become an elementary school teacher. Since Metropolitan College provides its participants with summer benefits, Hogan is taking classes this summer so that she can work towards earning 64 college credit hours, which is the minimum number of credit hours needed to apply for a substitute teaching position with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS).

Hogan has displayed a strong commitment to her career field through her many acts of volunteerism. “I want to give back to those who have given to me through community service,” said Hogan.

Hogan has completed training for the Every 1 Reads program, a community-wide effort to have every child in JCPS reading at grade level. She also finds time to volunteer for Metro United Way, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the surrounding communities (Louisville Metro and Southern Indiana) by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer. In the coming school year, Hogan plans to seek out additional volunteer opportunities working with organizations that assist children of low-income families.

Work/Life Balance
When asked how she balances academic, work, and personal life Hogan replied, “It’s because of my one-year old twins and my persistence and drive to achieve. I know what I am doing is a lot! I am a mother, a student, a volunteer, and a [UPS] worker. I get little sleep during the week. When I do have the opportunity to lie down and relax, trust me, I do; [however], my one-year old twins deserve the life I didn't have growing up, and I'm going to do everything in my power to give it to them.” Hogan also has the support of her family and shared how fortunate she is to have great leaders in her life.

I have an excellent resume. I received career guidance, help with internship options and so much more! I highly recommend the Metropolitan College program!

How UPS Has Prepared Me For My Career Field
Hogan acknowledged that UPS has played a significant role in helping her to prepare for her career field. “UPS has really taught me to be punctual. Arrive to your position 30 minutes early! Respect the people above you and beside you and be understanding and helping of others. Take charge! All of these components will benefit me as a teacher and help me to pursue the goals I have for the future.”

Metropolitan College Staff
Metropolitan College Student Development Counselors help students to manage working at UPS while balancing school and personal life. Additionally, Metropolitan College requires all participants to complete the Career and Academic Planning Program (CAPP), a comprehensive career services program designed to help students succeed in school and move on to a rewarding career.

After working closely with a Metropolitan College Student Development Counselor to customize a resume for her career field, Hogan said, “I have an excellent resume. I received career guidance, help with internship options and so much more! I highly recommend the Metropolitan College program!”

Advice to Future and Current Metropolitan College Participants
When asked what advice she has for future and current Metropolitan College participants Hogan replied, “Take advantage of every opportunity Metropolitan College offers. They will assist you from beginning to end. Network! Get to know the staff. You never know who will help you get you where you need to be. Don't just let them pay for your school. Use the other resources available because they are excellent and meant to help us succeed!”

Thanks to UPS …
“Thanks to UPS, I can provide my one-year old twins and myself with thriving, happy lifestyles.”

Conclusion
Metropolitan College congratulates Janine Hogan on her outstanding achievements.

The End

Metropolitan College is looking for current and former Metropolitan College participants to spotlight! If you know of someone, please contact Renecia Griffie Davis, Student Development Counselor at renecia.davis@kctcs.edu or 502-213-4521.

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