Program helps employee reach education goal

Jason Curran and his wife were going to school part time at the University of Louisville several years ago, but a car accident forced him to change direction.

“At the time, my wife was expecting our second child, but unfortunately, she was involved in a car accident that induced labor during which my son’s heart stopped beating,” said Curran, a Survey Technician who has been with Louisville Water for 19 years. He said his son “was rushed to Kosair Children’s Hospital and was there for a little over a month before he was well enough to come home.”

Despite being roughly one year away from graduating, it was then that Curran decided he would work full-time to cope with the financial strains they would face while his wife finished school.

The child’s “road to recovery was just beginning, and my wife and I knew this was going to be a difficult and long process,” said Curran, who also has two daughters.

When he decided the time was right to return to school, he took advantage of Louisville Water’s Tuition Assistance Program as he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a track in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University. He graduated in December 2021.

“Working for a company that’s willing to financially invest in its employees by assisting them in tuition cost is a blessing and something worth doing,” said Curran. “As much as I wanted to return to school, I’m not sure I would have if it wasn’t for the Tuition Assistance Program.”