The Program

You're probably thinking, "There has got to be a catch. These people want to give me a job AND give me money for tuition and books?" That sums it up, and there is no catch! Over 4,000 students have been admitted to the CRCP, and the first step on their journey began by attending an info session. Come see for yourself, we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You’ll earn a weekly paycheck and more working as a part-time package handler at the UPS facility in Hodgkins, IL.

  • Work 3.5 to 5 hours, average per shift, as a package handler.
  • Shifts are Monday through Friday Twilight (4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) or Night (10 p.m to 3:30 a.m.) or Sunrise (3:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) 
  • Starting pay is $22.00 per hour on twilight or $24.000 per hour on night or sunrise shifts.
  • Eligible for medical benefits after 9 months and paid vacation after one year.
  • Free public transportation, paid for by UPS. Five routes bring employees to UPS: CTA Bus #169.  Pace Bus: #390, #392, #395, and #890.


  • All part-time package handlers and part-time supervisors on the twilight, night or sunrise shift employed in operations at the Hodgkins facility are eligible for CRCP consideration.
  • Be a good employee: show up on time, have a good attitude and do your job. 
  • The package handler position involves lifting and lowering packages that may weigh up to 70 pound.
  • You have the opportunity to pursue advancement to the position of part-time supervisor while remaining in the CRCP.


Are students ever expected to work longer hours?

Yes, as UPS employees and as the need arises, all employees are expected to be flexible and available to work longer to ensure work is completed before the shift ends. CRCP students should schedule their classes with this in mind.

Are there opportunities for advancement at UPS for CRCP Students?

Yes. CRCP students are eligible for consideration for promotion to part-time supervisor. Further career advancement into management and other positions, would necessitate resigning from the program. As with any employer, promotion is based upon job performance and company needs.

Do I have a further commitment to work at UPS after I graduate or leave the program?

No. You are only obligated to the program and UPS for the duration of your signed Student Agreement. However, we encourage program graduates to consider career opportunities at UPS if applicable. If you graduate prior to the Agreement end, we encourage you to move forward and begin your career!

Do I have to work year-round?

Yes. You must remain employed and on active status at UPS in order to maintain your program benefits. You are eligible for UPS holidays and approved vacations per your benefits as a UPS employee.

Are other work shifts available?

Students enrolled in the CRCP may choose between 3 shifts, the twilight shift, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the night shift 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. or the sunrise shift 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Employees on the day shift are not eligible for the CRCP but can take advantage of the UPS Earn & Learn tuition assistance program.

Is there public transportation available to the UPS Hodgkins facility?

Yes, UPS offers free transportation via 5 bus routes to the UPS Hodgkins facility in time for the night (10pm -3am ) or sunrise (4am -10am) shift. They are Pace routes, 390, 392, 395 and 890 and CTA 69th Street #169 UPS Express. Additionally, UPS currently provides a free shuttle from three Gary, Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana locations for the benefit of employees on the night or sunrise shifts.

Success Stories

The CRCP has helped over 4,000 students pursue their education goals since 2003.

Peter Lowisz

Peter Lowisz

Morton College

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