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Dr. Freeman Hrabowski - President, University of Maryland at Baltimore County

Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski - President, University of Maryland at Baltimore CountyDr. Hrabowski (PhD, Math) is truly a pioneer in promoting minority college student success in the Arts, Humanities and STEM sciences.  He promotes not only success but excellence in academic and life accomplishment! His Meyerhoff Scholars Program has graduated hundreds of minority students over the past twenty years who have gone on to complete MD and or PhD programs at prestigious universities including e.g. Harvard and Stanford!  His long list of distinguished students is a wonderful testimony to his mentoring/support program! His Meyerhoff program is a wonderful institutional example that mirrors our web based mentoring system at!  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hrabowski for his tireless effort in the service of excellence in education of underrepresented minorities  particularly in the STEM sciences.
Please watch the TED talk video embedded below to hear Dr. Hrabowski in February 2013 talk about his childhood background in Birmingham and his path to success at UMBC!

Value of college degree is growing, study says

On September 21st , 2010, The New York Times reports that workers with a college degree earned much more and were much less likely to be unemployed than those with only a high school diploma, according to the report, “Education Pays: the Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.”

According to the report, the median earnings of full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees were $55,700 in 2008–$21,900 more than those of workers who finished only high school. And the pay premium for those with bachelor’s degrees has grown substantially in recent years. Among those ages 25 to 34, women with college degrees earned 79 percent more than those with high school diplomas, and men, 74 percent more. A decade ago, women with college degrees had a 60 percent pay premium and men 54 percent…Even during the recession, a degree offered protection from unemployment . The 2009 unemployment rate of college graduates 25 and older was 4.6% compared with 9.7% for high school graduates…Read the full story

About Dream Occupations

We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on earth where opportunity and liberty abound. Even during times of recession, the “American Dream” is alive and well!

In America, living the “American Dream” for most working Americans is linked to the wages earned. All things considered, the more money earned on your job the better your quality of life. Today, in almost every case, people who earn good to high wages are skilled workers.

In today’s information and knowledge driven labor market, about 70 percent of the jobs are skilled jobs. Nearly a third of all jobs are high skill and high median pay jobs (about 36 million jobs). Anyonecanachieve refers to the 36 million jobs as top jobs.

On the website we’ve identified the occupational titles of those jobs. Unfortunately, minorities are grossly underrepresented in such top jobs. For example, African Americans hold such jobs at a rate of about 6%. At the other end of the pay spectrum, African Americans are overrepresented (sometimes 18% of incumbents) in low skilled and low pay occupations. Of course, a number of factors are implicated in this but one thing for sure is more minorities will need to think about preparing for such top occupations.

A college degree is required or desired for nearly all the top occupations we identified.

The purpose of the website is to draw attention to these great occupations – provide occupational information through mentors and to give interested students lots of support, strategy advice and encouragement.

The jobs are located in Management and Professional Specialty occupational groups. The number of such jobs grow at a faster rate than jobs in other occupational categories. A large number of replacement jobs will be available too as so called ‘baby boomers” retire.

Due to demographic changes in the U.S. population, by necessity more African Americans and Hispanic Americans will need to prepare for these extraordinary opportunities.

The 330 Occupational Titles We Recommend fall under SVP* 7,8 and 9 (About 36 million jobs in the U.S. labor market, 2008.)


*SVP or Specific Vocational Preparation – Read More