Arriving in America as a college student without speaking a word of English, going through various hardships with her daughter as a young single mom, Sabrina Kay may have appeared an unlikely candidate to inspire thousands of students to harness their passion and talent. But anyone who knows her recognizes that her focus, discipline, and kindness provided the right path to achievement. Sabrina launched a diverse set of successful enterprises, retired in her 30s, became a philanthropist, earned multiple graduate degrees, and set out to teach others to achieve their dreams.
As a doctorate student at University of Pennsylvania, Sabrina dreamed of teaching the world. America was once the mighty country that led the world through its dedication to freedom, ideology, and education. A quarter-century later, the American K-12 educational system is ranked 25 out of 30 developed countries, and students rarely face real academic rigor in schools. Sabrina is committed to returning the American educational system to its former glory by introducing new learning models and connecting the workforce with classrooms. In doing so, she will be able to fulfill her dream of contributing to the country that has given her so many opportunities.
After completing her doctorate degree in Work-based Learning Leadership at the Wharton School and Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, she decided to emulate the Wharton’s elite professional education model, but with a different focus: undergrads. Her quest answers the seemingly logical question: Why wait until college students have already graduated to give them work-based training? Her goal is to use the Penn’s learning model as a framework, conduct further research, perfect the model, and enhance students’ social mobility and opportunity through education.
The laboratory of her ambition is Fremont College. Dr. Sabrina Kay founded a private college and became its Chancellor in 2007. She targeted nontraditional students, teaching them through collaboration and real-world cases to navigate the issues that impact everyday work life. According to Sabrina, “We’re on this earth as stewards of life for a short period of time. The difference we can make is through becoming part of others’ inspiration and helping make their dreams and aspirations into reality.” She feels incredibly lucky that, through her work with Fremont College, she gets to do that every day.