I am not in disagreement with this view; however, as an African American child growing up in Detroit, I developed a love and skill for science more from programs within the community rather than those within the school system. Until high school, my education did not have an emphasis on STEM, and it was up to my parents to find ways for me to develop the skills necessary to be successful. The community programs I attended allowed me to see other minority engineers, to realize that I too could be an engineer, and to learn from their experiences to be successful in engineering. One such program, the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (dapcep.org), exposed me to various engineering fields and offered me access to computer, biology and pre-engineering courses. I went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University (a Historically Black College and University) and a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. Today, I'm a biomedical engineer working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.