Rideshare company Lyft is donating one percent of all rides to and from Paul Quinn College to the school’s Work Program.
The college south of downtown Dallas sees this as an opportunity to enhance employment opportunities through its Work Program. Lyft will also become the campus’ transportation consult, boosting rideshare and entrepreneurial options in the community.
“We are thrilled to partner with Paul Quinn College to provide students of the Work Program affordable and reliable on-demand rides when they need them,” Gyre Renwick, head of enterprise partnerships at Lyft, told HBCU Digest.
Earlier this year, Paul Quinn became the first historically black college to be deemed a “Work College” by the U.S. Department of Education. Partnering with off-campus partners, students receive industry training and pay for their work, therefore lowering tuition and student debt, as well as improving an individual’s marketability prior to graduation.
The university shares this designation with eight other institutions, but it is the first located in an urban area, according to D CEO.
“We are incredibly excited to combine our innovative higher education practices with Lyft’s groundbreaking leadership in the transportation space,” Paul Quinn President Michael Sorrell told HBCU Digest.
Sorrell told D CEO in March he plans to extend his model to other urban universities who could benefit from it across the country, creating a national network of work programs based off Paul Quinn’s model.