New tuition incentive program from Uber and CCAC helps drivers take college classes

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Contact: Craig Ewer, ewer@uber.com, 508-560-3937

PITTSBURGH (December 5, 2017) -- Uber and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced today a new pilot program to expand educational opportunities for Uber driver-partners in the Greater Pittsburgh area. In the upcoming Spring and Summer 2018 semesters, qualifying drivers will each have access to $500 in financial incentives, applicable toward tuition, fees, and textbooks for courses at CCAC.

“We are delighted to partner with Uber to make possible opportunities for people in our region. Providing the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy is one of our greatest challenges, and one that CCAC is working on every day,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “I appreciate Uber’s partnership in moving our region forward.”

“Through this unique partnership, CCAC and Uber are expanding educational opportunities for industry professionals—providing the region’s driver-partners the chance to increase their knowledge and skills in order to continue to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive workplace,” said CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock. “We look forward to welcoming driver-partners to CCAC—whether as members of our robust online student body or in person at one of our many locations throughout Allegheny and Washington counties.”

"This is exactly the kind of workforce development model I've long championed for drivers, and I hope others follow Uber's lead with this important pilot program. We need to keep our focus on making sure everyone has opportunities in the 21st Century economy," Mayor William Peduto said.

“Teaming up with CCAC will empower drivers and help them attain their goals through access to higher education,” said Brian Hughes, General Manager for Uber Pennsylvania. “We hope this pilot program is successful and can be the model for future investments in Allegheny County.”

Today, the greatest barrier for many of those taking courses at CCAC is not tuition itself—thanks to the school’s affordable tuition and existing financial aid program—but rather the cost of textbooks and some fees which may be required for each course. This new program with Uber is focused on addressing those needs specifically for the local driver community.

As course registration for the Spring 2018 semester gets underway, Uber will contact eligible drivers with information about the program and how to indicate their interest in participating. Under this pilot program, fifty drivers will be able to access the tuition incentives for the Spring 2018 semester, and another 50 will have access during the Summer 2018 semester.

With the ability to create a flexible working schedule that fits around academic obligations, Uber driver-partners are ideally situated to take advantage of the opportunities provided by CCAC. Nearly 90 percent of drivers surveyed in the United States said that flexibility is the number one reason they drive with Uber, and more than 10 percent self-identified as students.

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