Randall: How did you end up at your University/College?
Justin: Growing up in a military family, with determination, commitment, and focus, was a character trait to be reckon with toward a successful career as a young black man. After graduating from high school at the top of the class with high honors, choosing a path whether to join the military with keeping the legacy or going to college was undoubtedly a decision to be made. After touring several colleges and engaging with several recruitment offers, a family’s alma mater in Greensboro, North Carolina casted high regards and respect. The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT), a Historical Black College and University (HBCU) was the college of choice which I knew I wanted to experience and accept the challenges the HBCU offered from an African American college culture perspective.
Randall: What did you get your degree in? Did it support what you are doing now?
Justin: Manufacturing Systems & Technology. Aspects of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Reengineering support what I do now through understanding efficiency and optimization of business infrastructures on the front end help develop solid processes in the long term.
Randall: Can you give me a quick description of your years in college?
Justin: Highly active in sports freshman year, followed by 3 years of participation in student government and other premier organizations on campus.
Randall: What year would you consider as your success year?
Justin: All years played a role in making successes come to reality.
Randall: How did you start working in your current position?
Justin: Perfect timing and established networks overtime
Randall: How do you feel your HBCU experience at North Carolina A&T State University aid you in your success?
Justin: As I look back to reflect the greatest opportunity as a young black man who entered NCAT HBCU as someone with unknown prospect, skillset and idea, yet to exit as refine young black man with leadership experience and skillset.
Randall: What’s next on your journey?
Justin: Continuing to build OEDM Group service and solutions catalog within Government, fully operationalizing JIANT Solutions to clients that entire enhance decision making support powered by AI and Machine Learning
Randall: Tell us about your book The HBCU Experience: The North Carolina A&T State University 2nd Edition?
Justin: Great opportunity to share experiences and learn those of my colleagues. May be a major help to someone developing into a young adult.
Randall: Where can we find you?
- [email protected]
- IG – @justindevonblake
- LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/blakejustin