"For Whom Much Is Given Much Is Expected" This statement summarizes Jason D. Lee's commitment to the advancement of communities through educational achievement and creative problem solving. Jason was raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland a suburb of Washington, DC. After graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Scholar, he attended graduate school at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he majored in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as a GEM and Tauber Manufacturing Institute Fellow. Jason began his career at Ford Motor Company in 1998 where he obtained diverse and extensive experiences in Ford's Manufacturing and Product Development divisions.
In 2004, he accepted the position as Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) Executive Director through Ford Motor Company's Executive Loan Program. In 2007, Jason made a decision to pursue his passion and transitioned from Ford Motor Company to become the first DAPCEP Executive Director employed by the non-profit organization in its thirty-two year history.
DAPCEP is a $3.0Million dollar non-profit organization that provides out-of-school-time and in-school educational programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medical (STEMM) fields to Detroit area youth. In partnership with eight Michigan Universities, the non-profit sector and its corporate partners, this Michigan asset provides exposure to post secondary education and motivation to pursue STEMM fields to over 4,000 students annually. During his tenure as DAPCEP Executive Director, Jason D. Lee has applied engineering process and efficiencies to the organization's infrastructure and educational programming. As a result, the program has increased its fiscal foundation, expanded its portfolio of educational opportunities for young people, and improved its organizational structure.
Jason's involvement in the community extends beyond his work as DAPCEP Executive Director. Through his volunteer work with 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and New Detroit - The Coalition, he works to serve the community and open the doors of opportunity for deserving youth.
In addition to engaging formal programs and community organizations, Jason has coached numerous students and families through career selection and the college application process.
When reflecting back on why he cares about the community and others, Jason recalls the countless people who have helped him achieve academic, personal and professional success. "You cannot do it alone. You need supporters and advocates genuinely interested in your success. You need a helping hand to maximize your ability to achieve your dreams and impact the world."
Oakland County Involvement
Prior to his tenure as Executive Director of DAPCEP representation from Oakland County was limited due to the perception that DAPCEP was only for young people residing in the city of Detroit and Wayne County. Realizing there was a significant need for DAPCEP participation by Oakland County residents, Jason implemented several strategic changes at DAPCEP:
- The active recruitment of the Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools to the DAPCEP Board of Directors. This effort resulted in the 1st non-Detroit Public School Board member from an educational system in the non-profit's history.
- Recruitment of Southfield Public School students and teachers to participate in a federally funded program through the National Science Foundation.
- An increase in the visibility of DAPCEP engagement and programming at Oakland University and Lawrence Technological University. These efforts prompted both institutions to partner with DAPCEP on a National Science Foundation grant.
- To ease transportation challenges for Oakland County residents, transportation from Lawrence Technological University to DAPCEP programming sites was provided throughout the region on Saturdays and in the summer.
The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.