ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award
2007 Recipient


Chicagoland Regional College Program (UPS)
Nominated by Moraine Valley Community College

UPS and Moraine Valley Community College are entering the fifth year of their innovative Chicagoland Regional College Program.

CRCP is unique in that it allows students to earn an associate or bachelor's degree for free, while gaining paid work experience and job promotion opportunities.


ICCTA past president Dr. Clare Ollayos (center) presents ICCTA's 2007 Business/Industry Partnership Award to Moraine Valley Community College and the Chicagoland Regional College Program.

ICCTA past president Dr. Clare Ollayos (center) presents ICCTA's 2007 Business/Industry Partnership Award to Moraine Valley Community College and the Chicagoland Regional College Program.

Students work part-time at UPS' Hopkins plant while taking classes tuition-free at one of the program's educational partners founding colleges Moraine Valley and Chicago State University, or more recent partners Morton, Prairie State, and Olive-Harvey colleges.

While enrolled in CRCP, students receive a combination of educational, employment and health benefits along with additional financial incentives (including a $1,000 graduation bonus).

Nearly 400 students are participating in the program, and more than 100 students remain on the waiting list. In addition, UPS has found that its retention rate for CRCP employees has tripled.


For additional information on ICCTA's Business/ Industry Partnership Award, please contact Kim Villanueva at 217-528-2858, ext. 1.



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