Some drivers at a major carrier are spending some of their downtime cracking the books thanks to a unique college tuition program.
U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. announced recently it has 107 drivers enrolled in classes for bachelor’s or master’s degrees from Ashford University, an accredited online college, as part of its Full Ride program. Twenty-two employee dependents are also enrolled in classes at no cost to the drivers.
“I’m currently enrolled and pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology,” said Jaime Mount, a U.S. Xpress driver. “I’ve been wanting to go back to school for a while now to get my bachelor’s degree, and who knows, maybe even my master’s degree. Thanks to the U.S. Xpress Full Ride program, I can chase that dream and one day accomplish my goal.”
Unlike many tuition reimbursement programs, students participating in the U.S. Xpress Full Ride program do not have to pay the money upfront and seek reimbursement later. The Full Ride program pays all costs directly to the university, including tuition, books and course materials.
“We’re thrilled to offer our drivers an opportunity many didn’t think was possible,” stated Eric Fuller, U.S. Xpress CEO and president. “We are very encouraged by the initial success of the program.”
Drivers are eligible to participate in the program as soon as they begin work with U.S. Xpress. Student drivers are eligible to start taking classes as soon as they have completed their behind-the-wheel training and are promoted to “first seat” driver.