Read what current students and alumni have to say about their experience. If you or someone you know would like to share a testimonial, please contact Renecia Griffie Davis, Student Development Counselor at renecia.davis@kctcs.edu.

I was looking for an opportunity to better myself and I have been able to gain invaluable management experience and a competitive paycheck. I received a housing stipend when I moved to Louisville as a participant in the UPS Kentucky LOOP program. I plan to eventually become a pilot. I have begun flight training at Louisville Aviation. I graduated with my associate’s degree from JCTC in Spring 2020. I am currently working to get my business administration degree at UofL. This Metro College program has had such an incredibly positive impact on my life. I highly recommend that Metro College students take part in the High 5 program offered the Commonwealth Credit Union (CCU). CCU helped me to purchase my first house and they are extremely helpful for Metro students regardless of your financial goals. CCU is so much more than a bank!

Hometown: Maryville, TN; Harrodsburg, KY
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Andrew Kirkland
The benefits of Metro College extend far beyond tuition payment. I learned the importance of networking and building professional relationships and also how to be successful in the job search process. I graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Management in May 2010. Since leaving the Metro College program, I earned my Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Family Scholar House. I am forever grateful for Metro College and the role the staff played in my professional development.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Joi Williams
There were times I wanted to quit, but I stuck with it and now I am so grateful I was able to do that. It is nice knowing I don't have any college debt to overcome, and the memories and friends I made through the Metro College program will last a lifetime. Since leaving Metro College, I have worked my way up the career ladder. I started as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Portsmouth, OH, and also worked as a sports broadcaster for a radio station in Portsmouth. Currently, I am a Sports Director at My Town TV in Ashland, KY, which is a social media based TV station essentially that streams local high school and college sporting events in northeastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

Hometown: Ashland, KY
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Ben Spicer
Stick with it! It took me five years to obtain my degree, which meant I worked 3rd shift for five years while attending school during the day. It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself professionally.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
I was a first-generation college student and the Metro College Program afforded me another group of individuals looking out for me on campus. They were able to advocate between me and UPS while in undergrad and they made the process really smooth. Now as an alum I get to give back by mentoring new Metro College participants. Since completing the Metro College program, I went on to complete my commitment to Teach for America as a 2016 Memphis Corps member. Following my time in the classroom, I obtained my master's degree in sociology. Currently, I am the Director of Teacher Engagement for Teach for America National in Chicago, IL.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Brian Williams
I will never stop promoting this amazing program! It doesn’t matter how old, educated or how great your cards were dealt to you—anyone can make a life for themselves here at UPS especially through a wonderful program. There are so many people working alongside you that are going through college and working nights with you, you aren’t alone and there are so many opportunities that UPS can offer you aside from the degree!

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Without the Metro College program, I could not have afforded to go to college. It allowed me to be the first in my family to receive a college degree. I’ve held a full-time job for the past five years at a top rated company in the insurance industry. I have moved up and made many contributions to my current job and always looking to do more! My advice for current and prospective Metro College students is to remember that there is an end goal in sight, just stay focused on what you can do today to get where you need to be tomorrow.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Heather Luckett
Since graduating from the Metro College Program, I accepted a job teaching freshman English at Seneca High School and coaching their tennis teams! My experience as a supervisor in Small Sort allowed me to practice my classroom management and people skills, learn how to build relationships, and to keep documentation, which is essential in my profession. The Metro College program not only paid for my education, but it gave me my amazing husband and the best friends I could ever ask for. My Metro College friends became my family, and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience!

Hometown: Shepherdsville, KY
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Taylor Jacobs
I bought my own house at the age of 25 and I wouldn't have been able to achieve that goal if it wasn't for the foundation that was being built underneath of me while working and going to school at the same time. That solid foundation is the reason I am where I am today!

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Participating in the Metro College program has truly given me something I never thought I would have—a debt-free college education. I’ve been able to further my education for almost no money out of my pocket whatsoever. I’ve been able to save my money and feel better prepared for my future. I'm doing good in school and on track to get my degree and certification. I love my job and have achieved so much at UPS in such a short time. Just knowing that I'm working hard and setting up a good future for myself is what I really am most proud of. I am currently in my second semester and on track to receive my associate’s degree and certification in aviation maintenance. 2020 Outstanding JCTC Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.

Hometown: Shepherdsville, KY
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Taylor McCauley
I decided to participate in the Metro College program because I wanted to relieve myself the financial burden of college debt. I did not want to have to worry about the stress of paying students loans when I graduated. Also, getting paid to go to school did not sound like a bad gig either. I also wanted to make my dad proud. He’s been with UPS for over 20 years, and I wanted to show him that I can bleed brown as well.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
I literally would not have been able to go to college without this program and I can't thank everyone enough for this opportunity. Working while going to school allowed me to have a steady income on top of the tuition assistance and bonuses. This allowed me to buy a car at age 19, move out at age 20, join a sorority, and make some amazing friends along the way. I met so many people at UPS and a few who have become my best friends. Since graduating and leaving this program, I have moved from the only place I have called home to a state I knew nothing about. Without the financial independence I learned though Metro College this never would have been possible. I just began working in my field as an online interior designer and I am so excited to get started.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Abby McLemore
I started my UPS journey as a UPS School to Work student during my senior year of high school. I am currently studying psychology in hopes of furthering my education in child development. I also minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and I'm hoping to study abroad to advance my fluency in Arabic. I've met so many diverse individuals who have changed my perspective on things that I would have been closed off to. I've also happened to pick up life lessons from amazing co-workers that have a lot more experience and knowledge in school and obviously in life that has helped me get to where I am today.

Hometown: Dadaab, Kenya
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Farhiya Shaban
I am a student at JCTC and my major is health information technology. My goal is to complete all required courses, earn some certifications, and apply for a job after graduation. I have been a legal immigrant for almost three years. Choosing a major and integrating into this new culture was difficult. The MC program helped me integrate quickly, and thanks to the enthusiastic support of the counselors, I am confident in my profession and will be ready to join the workforce.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Minh Nguyen
I decided to participate in the MC program because I did not want to worry about paying for college or graduating with debt. The MC program has benefited me personally by allowing me to have a stable job and housing, as well as a growing bank account to help pay for expenses. I have benefited professionally by building good work ethic and leadership skills. I plan to graduate with my bachelor's degree in computer science and go for my master's degree, then go to law school.

Hometown: Henderson, KY
Thomas "Alex" Bovey
I am a first-generation college student. The Metropolitan College program was a great opportunity to go to my dream college and have it paid for. The Metropolitan College also led me to the Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks program. This program is life changing! Take advantage of all the opportunities in your college career. I [accepted] a Patient Care Associate job at Norton Healthcare. Thanks to UPS and the Metropolitan College program, I've developed critical skills in time management as well as shared an experience with a host of great people. 2020 Outstanding UofL Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.

Hometown: Radcliff, KY
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Jackson Jones IV
I’m from Cuba where I lived until I was 17 years old. I learned English within a year after moving to the United States, and after graduating from Doss High School, I later decided to pursue a college career. Working nights, volunteering, and going to school full-time [was] incredibly hard, but I graduated with a great GPA considering the circumstances of working nights and spending extra hours volunteering. Without Metro College, I would have never graduated debt free. I always got support from the MC advisors. 2020 Outstanding UofL Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.
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Elianis Rodriguez
Thanks to UPS, I have the opportunity to graduate debt-free with a degree! Working night shift certainly is a sacrifice but it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It really seems like such a small price to pay to graduate debt-free! 2019 Outstanding UofL Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.

Hometown: Taylorsville, KY
My proudest accomplishment in life has been finishing my nursing degree because I have been faced with many challenges along the way. I was led to participate in the Metropolitan College program because it was an opportunity for me to go to school and finish debt-free. Being able to not worry about the expense of school has allowed me to focus on my education and raising my son. Take advantage of all the benefits UPS has to offer and graduate school debt-free. It is difficult working third shift, but it will be well worth making this sacrifice in the end. 2019 Outstanding JCTC Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.

Hometown: Louisville, KY
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Brittany Payne
My proudest moment in life so far was when I graduated with my associate’s degree. I was the first and the youngest of my siblings to graduate from college. Thanks to UPS, I graduated debt-free and I now have a career as a Surgical Technologist at Norton Audubon. 2019 Outstanding JCTC Metropolitan College Student Award Recipient.

Hometown: Chicago, IL
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Dameon Dye

Online Volunteer Mentor Opportunity

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Questions? Contact Renecia Griffie Davis, Student Development Counselor at renecia.davis@kctcs.edu.