Students can avoid debt from educational expenses
Norton Healthcare and UPS will launch a new program that will allow students to graduate with little to no debt and move toward careers in health care.
Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks are open to current students with the Norton Healthcare High School Academy Program within several Jefferson County Public schools, as well as current UPS employees, School to Work and Metropolitan College students who are interested in health care careers. Both organizations will explore expansion to other schools in the future.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to serve our community,” said Gladys Lopez, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Norton Healthcare. “There are many different career opportunities within health care, and we think this unique program will help us prepare students for their chosen career after graduation.”
“This is an exciting new option for our student-employees in the Metropolitan College program,” said Tracy Roberts, vice president of human resources, UPS Airlines. “The Career Tracks program will provide them with a clear road map to a potential career in health care.”
While taking classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) or the University of Louisville (UofL), Metropolitan College students work as third shift part-time package handlers at UPS Worldport in Louisville. In addition to starting pay of $14 per hour, they receive 100% paid in-state tuition, bonuses and book reimbursements, as well as academic and career coaching.
During the prerequisite course work, Norton Healthcare-UPS Health Care Career Tracks students in Metropolitan College will connect with Norton Healthcare for opportunities that include career coaching and exploration, health care symposiums, shadowing and mentoring programs, and hands-on experience in a track program.
Following prerequisite work, qualifying students will begin core professional development health care track courses at JCTC or UofL in one of several areas: diagnostic imaging, health information management, laboratory science, emergency medical technology, medical assisting, neurodiagnostic technology, nursing, pharmacy technology, respiratory therapy or surgical technology. Students also will have various scholarship options.
Twelve to 18 months before graduation, students will take professional courses and be invited to explore the following career pathways as they complete a degree or certification:
- Continue working at UPS and apply to become a Norton Scholar
- Apply to work at Norton Healthcare with a flexible schedule while competing their college program
- Apply for a student apprentice role at Norton Healthcare.
After graduation, qualified students will have the opportunity to apply for employment with Norton Healthcare, where, if hired, they will receive competitive benefits, financial planning, career coaching and professional transition practice. Employment with Norton Healthcare will be based on standard hiring procedures.