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Name

Tyrone Jacobs


Year

Class of 2018

Hometown

Toledo, Ohio


Studied

Electrical Engineering

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“When I posted my LinkedIn profile, I had no idea it would lead to meeting their CEO.”

Changing Course

Tyrone Jacobs started high school as an A student. But over time, adverse situations led him to lose interest in school, and he struggled with depression. "I didn't care about anything – my family, my friends, myself – nothing. Then, the summer before my senior year of high school, I suddenly realized, ‘I am here for something.' I was here for a purpose," says Tyrone.

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From Zero to 1,000

With a renewed commitment to his education, Tyrone improved his high school grades and enrolled at UToledo. Majoring in Electrical Engineering, Tyrone found his niche in a theoretical application of mathematics, and the support of personal attention from faculty committed to his success.

Student organizations, too, were an important part of Tyrone’s growth as a budding engineer and campus leader. “I was a Student Government senator, and president of both the National Society of Black Engineers and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars,” he noted. Nomination to the Roy and Marcia Arms Leadership Institute at the College of Engineering, a professional development program for high-achieving students, also deepened his commitment to motivate and inspire those around him.

Through the College of Engineering’s co-op program, Tyrone gained valuable workplace experience at Matrix Technologies and Eaton Corp. Two later co-ops with Boeing led to a full-time position at Boeing’s satellite development facility in Los Angeles — so now, the sky is literally the limit for Tyrone.

Before graduation, Tyrone told his story on LinkedIn. Within two days, his profile went viral and eventually led to an invitation to LinkedIn headquarters in California, a later meeting with the CEO and even broadcast appearances. "I used to say my life went from zero to 100 — but now, my life literally went from zero to 1,000," says Tyrone.

When asked his advice for others like him, Tyrone said, “Networking has been huge for me at the University. I always tell people to network and form relationships. You’re going to have to sacrifice to achieve what you want — but if you work hard, it will happen. I grabbed life, and I made it happen. I didn’t wait for people to tell me I could do something — I took control, and I was accountable. No excuses!”

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Last Updated: 9/14/18