"The Internet captured my attention then, and I inquired about what it would take to get a computer sciences degree," Coleman said. "Then, you had to take a lot of higher level math courses just to enroll. My math skills weren't the strongest. So, I ruled that out."
But now Coleman has come full circle and found his professional niche -- running his own information technology consulting business. After a few turns on his path, he decided to go after the career he wanted through education -- including a couple of hard lessons. The experience he gained over time also prepared him to work on his own.
Today he is building his business,
"Contracting to provide successful solutions for software projects is where my heart lies," Coleman said. "I started AnITConsultant in 2010. If you Google it, my website is number one."
Career took some turns
"I had a lot of fun at Western," Coleman said. But he didn't finish his bachelor's degree.
He came back to
"At the Neblett Center, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a program in which they were doing oral interviews of African-Americans in our community -- and worked with (
He was able to interview for an IT job at
"I decided to finish my degree," Coleman said. "That was an eye-opener."
He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from
Coleman worked for the state right after graduating and moved to
"I found out about the corporate ladder and that the glass ceiling does exist," he said. "While I was still working at Mercer, I went back to school at
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