by Jerri Whitner, Student Contributor
Alice Lloyd College, located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, was recently featured in an article published in the New York Times. Written by one, Alice Lloyd (of no relation), the article “There Are Better Ways to Do College” highlights ALC’s Student Work Program. Designed to build strong character and give students an opportunity to gain job experience, the program requires all full-time students to complete a minimum of 10 work hours per week to an assigned area on campus. The wages earned are then applied to the student’s cost of education, drastically reducing any out-of-pocket cost. As one of only eight higher education institutions in the United States to offer a program of this nature, the College is granted exclusive membership to the Work College Consortium.
Upon her arrival to the secluded mountains of Caney Creek, Mrs. Lloyd found a community that was willing to work and possessed a yearning to learn. She combined these two attributes to create a unique educational experience for the youth of Appalachia. The New York Times described Alice Lloyd College as “one of those seemingly miraculous communities that make something uncommonly close to full use of all their members,” explaining that colleges such as ALC communicates students “…to survive, a community needs each one of its members to pick up a shovel and participate.”
“…Alice Lloyd lends itself to reverie” noted The Times; at Alice Lloyd, students are educated in and out of the classroom through the Student Work Program, helping students gain not only work skills but also skills that will benefit them in all aspects of life. In this manner, students are taught lessons in and out of the classroom, which emphasizes the importance of a healthy work ethic and a desire to help others. These experiences empower students with a unique ability to fulfill ALC’s Purpose Road Philosophy throughout their life.
Alice Lloyd College is honored to receive recognition from this prestigious publication. The ALC story continues to inspire people across the nation more than one hundred years since Mrs. Lloyd’s mission began. Click here to read the full article.