Employment and Jobs

JetBlue Scholars Named a Winner of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘2018 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge’

October 16, 2018  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news from our partners.

Smiling JetBlue crewmember in airplane

JetBlue and its employer-sponsored college degree program – JetBlue Scholars – was recently named a winner of the U.S. Department of Education’s “2018 Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge.”

JetBlue Scholars — which features high-quality online courses at a fraction of the cost of traditional college — offers the airline’s crewmembers the opportunity to earn a fully-accredited associate or bachelor’s degree with JetBlue covering most of the cost. Since the program launch in 2016, 135 JetBlue crewmembers have earned college degrees. Forty additional crewmembers are slated to receive their degrees from program partner Thomas Edison State University by the end of this year.

This program gives crewmembers the flexibility to learn at their own pace, and it offers step-by-step support to make it easier for crewmembers who have some previous college credit but do not know how to move forward to complete their degree. JetBlue Scholars has proven to be a valuable retention and development tool, leading to increased crewmember engagement and loyalty, resulting in a greater return on investment for JetBlue. Click here to read more.


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#JetBlueScholars is making the process of earning a college degree more inclusive and accessible than ever.

“Our goal is for crewmembers to continue to grow and earning their degree helps open up additional opportunities.” Rachel McCarthy, SVP Talent & Learning @JetBlue


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