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MC Spotlight: Eric Nutter
“Thanks to UPS, I was able to obtain a great education in my desired field and, as a result, land my [current] job that I enjoy doing,” said Metropolitan College alum, Eric Nutter.
Nutter, a native of West Virginia, graduated from Nicholas County High School in Summersville, West Virginia. A few years later, Nutter and his wife moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville. “We both needed jobs so we applied and got hired on at UPS,” said Nutter.
Nutter worked third shift at UPS as a package handler to qualify for the company’s tuition benefit through the Metropolitan College program. Nutter had the opportunity to gain experience in various areas of the operation including the hub and ramp.
When asked to share the biggest challenges faced as a Metropolitan College participant, Nutter replied:
“The biggest challenge was starting a new job and college at the same time. Having just moved to Louisville and having no family near made it very challenging at the start. I found the best way to balance everything was to map it out with a timeline and adhere to it. Allowing yourself time for work, school and play is an absolute must.”
In August 2012, Nutter earned his associate’s degree from Jefferson Community and Technical College through the University of Louisville Transfer Services (ULtra) program, and one year later, in August 2013, Nutter graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning.
Today, Nutter works as a Process Coach at Ford Motor Company in Louisville, KY. His primary job responsibilities include managing the inbound and outbound flow of stock and outbound dunnage to the suppliers; and overseeing the booking and billing of several hundred trailers per shift. Nutter remarked, “The most rewarding part of the work that I do is knowing that we are building a safe, in demand, quality vehicle that is driven all around the world.” Nutter’s advice to individuals aspiring to join his career field, “Obtain nerves of steel, working in manufacturing is a tough, fast business.”
Nutter shared that he was fortunate enough in his UPS career to work with many talented individuals that helped develop him into the professional that he is today. “Lisa Reid, Jeremy Reccius, Mike Groves, and Steve Merchant-- just to name a few. All of these mentors gave me opportunities to cross train and better myself as a supervisor and a person.”
For this reason, Nutter decided to volunteer to be a mentor for the Metropolitan College Online Career Guide Program, a new career development initiative which connects current students and recent graduates with experienced professionals for valuable career advice and one-time feedback on their resume, LinkedIn profile, and online career portfolio. Nutter looks forward to connecting with students through the Online Career Guide Program.
Learn more about Eric Nutter's Metropolitan College experience and career advice in this Q&A.
Q: What professional skills and qualities do you find to be most valuable in the workplace and why?
The ability to multitask and stay calm in very stressful situations. The quickest way to have your area fall apart in front of your eyes is for you to become unraveled due to stressful situations.
Q: What is the best career advice that you ever received?
Do what is right no matter the consequences.
Q: How has your degree or credential shaped your career or supported your success?
My degree taught me that in my field you always have to be ready to adapt and change to your surroundings. People are always changing and the job is always changing. There is an answer for everything if you think outside the box.
Q: What advice do you have for incoming MC participants who want to make the most out of the program?
Make sure you are scheduling your classes to best fit your work / life balance.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My parents had the most influence on me while I was growing up. My dad worked away all week, and we only saw him on the weekends. It was hard on us and I know it was hard on him and on my mom. But they endured it so they could provide for me and my sisters.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in life so far? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Being a father to the two most beautiful little girls in the world, Lilly Ann and Alice Marie. I hope to continue to gain more responsibility within my company and hopefully build a new house on some land outside of Louisville.
Q: What is an interesting/fun fact about yourself?
I love to be outside hiking and biking with my family. I also enjoy going to Motocross and Supercross events and visiting the beach.
Q: What is your favorite quote/life motto?
Life is too short. Do not take anything for granted.
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 email@example.com or 502-852-2534.
“This journey has not been easy … but hard work and perseverance pay off,” says Smith who has already earned nearly $30,000 in tuition benefits, book reimbursements and academic bonuses.
"Thanks to UPS, I can go to school and graduate debt free!"