A half-baked education can be very expensive, but agencies like Blue Pathways brings hope.

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

Letter from the Editor:

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I am very fortunate and blessed to have completed my education and received a bachelor of engineering from the City College Of New York.

Even though there were a few times somewhere between physics and thermodynamics, I thought I was not going to make it. During this period of doubt and self-evaluation of my career path, I met a group of Hispanic students from the Latin American Engineering Student Association chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at The City College Of New York that mentored and encouraged me to push through and graduate. Unfortunately for many first-generation college students who come from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds, this is not the case. According to the Washington Post article "Why do so many students drop out of college?" students who come from low-income families making less than $35,000 a year have a 1 in 17 chance of getting a bachelor's degree. To make matters worse, the average student who drops out of college owes nearly $14,000 in student loans, according to LendEDU. And even though the statistics seem really bad, there is hope that entrepreneurially-minded individuals can come up with creative ways to tackle the problem head-on and form new ventures to provide a solution. That is why I was glad to speak with Dr. Andrea Blue, Ph.D. last week as I started my journey of meeting entrepreneurs across the country and sharing their stories through this blog.

Dr. Blue started an education mentorship business called Blue Pathways Educational Mentorship Services in 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan as her way to tackle the student dropout college rate among the underprivileged and underrepresented student populations. She has first-hand knowledge of this issue as she has worked in the education field for the last 15 years at several educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. In the last three years, Dr. Blue has traveled the country to conduct her transformational mentorship workshops with parents, students, and educators at conferences, churches, and educational institutions. She also provides group mentorship training for nonprofit organizations and one-on-one coaching for students, parents, individuals, and organizational leaders. Her mentorship strategy program is designed to lead individuals from their today and into their tomorrow with a plan for success. I asked Dr. Blue, what word of advice would she give to herself when she was in college. She said, "hold your head up, there is nothing on the ground but past memories and lost decisions. In order to see what is coming ahead for you, you need to look up". To learn more about Dr. Blue's mentorship training, you can find her on Facebook, Blue Pathway. To learn more about the #ImAnEntrepreneurToo campaign and share your entrepreneurial story, click on the link below. #ImAnEntrepreneurToo Juan Torrico Copyright © 2019 MStreetPR Group | All Rights Reserved | Potomac Falls, VA 20165

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