Paul Quinn College is the first Urban Work College in America and the only minority-serving federally-funded work college in the Work College Consortium. The Urban Work College was created in 2015 to provide students the opportunity to gain paid, real-world work experiences while completing their academic requirements.
The partnership with JPMorgan Chase is a significant step forward in enlisting new corporate partners in the program, which currently has 138 student participants.
“Through our partnership with JPMorgan Chase and their Advancing Black Pathways initiative, we are able to provide our students with opportunities that they have dreamed about and expose them business, finance, and technology at the highest levels,” said Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College president. “We have created a new version of higher education that guarantees its students a way out of poverty. We are thankful that JPMorgan Chase believes in our program and our students.”
By requiring residential students to work 20 hours per week and allowing them to use part of their compensation to defray the cost of attendance and cutting tuition and fees by almost $10,000, Paul Quinn College has created a model where its students graduate without accumulating insurmountable debt.
“Growing up in Harlem, an internship like this would have been a life-changing event,” said Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. “These Paul Quinn Scholars are from all over the country – New York, Detroit, Oakland, Chicago–and they are going to be employed, build their business network and acquire a first-class education right here in Plano. This partnership is going to make an incredible difference in their lives.”
Paul Quinn College launched its second campus in Plano in 2018.
More than 60 Paul Quinn College students live in Plano and work at 10 different corporate partners. Students enrolled in the program reside in apartments and complete their classwork at on-site spaces provided by their employers.
When Paul Quinn College-Plano is functioning at full capacity, it will create hundreds of internship opportunities for Paul Quinn students and connect the college with the growing corporate communities in the City of Plano and Collin County.
LaRosiliere sponsors the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Approaching its seventh year, it allows outstanding public high school students to work for some of the area’s most prestigious businesses, including JPMorgan Chase. To date, 562 students have participated in summer internships. Forty percent of the students are first-generation college-bound.
This effort is part of a broader plan by JPMorgan Chase, the state’s largest bank, to hire 4,000 black students over the next five years through the firm’s Advancing Black Pathways program, which is investing to help black people make gains in three key areas: education, careers, and wealth.
“We’re committed to expanding our partnerships with historically black colleges and universities and are being intentional in our work to cultivate black talent,” said Sekou Kaalund, the Head of Advancing Black Pathways. “As America’s largest bank, it’s our responsibility to make sure we’re hiring from the most diverse pool of candidates possible while creating pathways to long-term success for traditionally underrepresented groups.”
The college juniors and seniors working at JPMorgan Chase are employed across several of the bank’s divisions, including commercial banking, corporate and investment banking, digital banking, mortgage, and auto.
“Our goal is to continue growing our corporate partnerships to offer even more internship opportunities for Paul Quinn students and connect the college with the thriving corporate communities in the City of Plano and Collin County,” said Sorrell.
Additional foundational partners of the Plano expansion include:
- Aimbridge Hospitality
- Ampex Brands
- Bank of America
- Liberty Mutual
- NTT Data