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From Forklift Driver to Full-Time Finance and Accounting Career!
Congratulations to Jennifer Lohrey on being a finalist for the Fall 2015 Share Your Metropolitan College Experience Contest.
I am so thankful for the Metro-College program and I plan to further my education in a few years using the Earn and Learn Program to earn a Master’s degree.
As the youngest daughter in a middle income family, I fit right into that comfort zone where my family did not have enough money to pay for my tuition but yet my family made too much money for me to qualify for any financial aid. I knew I wanted to graduate college but it seemed so far out of reach. I decided to attend Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) right after graduating high school so that I could complete my general education requirements without breaking the bank.
I became the first in my family to graduate college in December of 2014 with a BA in the Spanish Language and a BA in Latin American Studies.
I worked two part-time jobs while attending classes full time at JCTC to be able to pay for my classes. I also had KEES money to help me pay for tuition and books. Two years later, I graduated with my Associates Degree from JCTC in 2011 and knew that I wanted to move on to U of L. I was awarded the transfer scholarship from JCTC to U of L and I applied for a job at UPS and joined the Metro-College program to pay for tuition. I became the first in my family to graduate college in December of 2014 with a BA in the Spanish Language and a BA in Latin American Studies.
I now work at UPS Airlines full-time during the day in the Finance and Accounting Department. I arrange the hotel and transportation accommodations for UPS pilots all over the world every day, and I love my career! Rather than spending my hard earned money paying off student loan debt, I own my own house in Louisville where I live with my husband, step son and American Bulldog puppy. I am so thankful for the Metro College program and I plan to further my education in a few years using the Earn and Learn Program to earn a Master’s degree.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!"