Dr. Sabrina Kay

Fremont College
Cerritos, CA

Sabrina KayI grew up in the career college industry. From my first job as an admissions representative, to the past 20 years of being a school founder, owner, operator, shareholder, and board member of several institutions, I have always been extremely passionate about how our sector inspires and transforms students’ lives. It pains me to see how legislators and consumer advocate groups take opportunities away from the students we serve for the wrong reasons - sometimes for political gain, other times, due to inaccurate perceptions.

To counteract these challenges, I have expanded my horizons and took on various leadership positions within and outside of our sector. I became a vocal advocate to political, civic, and business communities, and an active participant in both APSCU and state career college associations. My contribution has been to bring diverse and fair views to those who affect our lives by serving in leadership roles and being an educated connector to legislators, media, as well as other sectors of higher education such as the corporate university community and Ivy League institutions.

Professional Background

  • 2006 to Present: Fremont College, Chairman and CEO
  • 2006 to Present: Ex’pression College, Shareholder; 2006-2009: Board Member
  • 2002 to 2003: EDMC, EVP, Special Projects
  • 1991 to 2002: California Design College (aka Art Institute of Hollywood), Founder, CEO and President

Education

  • 2009: Doctorate in Work-based Learning Leadership from Wharton School of Business and Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008: Master of Science in Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2005: Master of Business Administration, USC, Marshall School of Business

Career College Sector Activism

  • 1996 to Present: CCA/APSCU member; Board Member, 2001-2003 and 2007-Present: Current CCAPAC Chair, past Chair of the President’s Financial Advisory Council, past Chair of CCA annual convention, past Chair of Award Luncheon
  • 2007 to 2008: Imagine America Foundation, Board Member, Member of Founders
  • 1992 to Present: CAPPS member; past President, past Annual Convention Chair, past Government Relations Chair, past ICEPAC chair

Civic & Charitable Activities

  • 2004 to Present: After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, Chairman of the Board
  • 2000 to Present: YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), Education Chair, Bel-Air Chapter
  • 2005 to 2008: LA, Inc. (The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau), Board Member
  • 2005 to 2008: California Fashion Association, Board Member
  • 2003 to 2008: Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, Board Member
  • 2005 to 2008: Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Commissioner (Appointed by the Mayor)
  • 2000 to 2008: ScholarShare Investment Board, Commissioner (Appointed by the Governor)
  • 2005 to 2008: USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, Executive Committee

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