Came across a somewhat unique educational institution in the heart of Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains.  Hope you’ll find it as interesting as I did.

It was started by Alice Lloyd in 1923 and today in her honor it’s called Alice Lloyd College (ALC).  The campus is 175 acres and hosts 598 students.  In 2009, ALC grads left with a degree in one of 18 disciplines and an average of only $6,500 in loans.  That compares quite favorably with the national average of $24,500 in loans.

So that’s the beginning; here’s the rest of the story with a few unique facts.

ALC is a private, four-year, liberal arts college, located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, in the central Appalachian mountains.  The mission of the College is to provide education of the highest quality to deserving mountain students.  This is achieved within an environment supportive of Christian values and the development of character.

Quick Facts

  • No out-of-pocket tuition costs
  • All full-time students are required to work
  • Top-ranked college by S. News & World Report
  • Character-based, leadership education
  • No direct federal, state or local funds
  • Operates in the BLACK
  • 4% of donations directly educate students
  • Quality academic experience
  • Financial assistance with advanced degrees
  • Fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 70% of graduates are first-generation, 4-year college graduates
  • More than 50% of faculty hold Ph.D.s
  • The student-teacher ratio is 17:1
  • 83% of graduates remain in Appalachia to serve as leaders in their home communities
  • 501©(3) Tax Exempt Organization

From its inception, ALC has placed a supreme value on educating the whole person.  In addition to academics, their educational program provides opportunities for students to develop a strong work ethic and leadership skills.

Student Work Program

ALC is one of seven colleges in America with a required student work program.  All full-time students work 10 to 20 hours per week depending on financial need, and their wages are applied toward their cost of education.

The Student Work Program…

  • Promotes a strong work ethic
  • Encourages leadership and service
  • Teaches responsibility
  • Builds character
  • Instills self-reliance
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Provides practical work experience…and affords each student the personal satisfaction of a job well done!

Students work throughout the College performing such tasks as:

  • Washing dishes
  • Mopping floors
  • Cutting grass
  • Painting buildings
  • Tutoring students
  • Office assistants
  • Computer technicians
  • Radio station producers

Students who perform exceptionally well in their work, and demonstrate leadership abilities, may be promoted to supervisory positions.  The concept of student labor also extends into the community, where students work with youngsters in local schools.

Sounds like a great idea to me.  Why don’t more schools adopt this model?


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