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Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring College Planning Events to Milwaukee

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring College Planning Events to Milwaukee

09/29/2017

Former Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring College Planning Events to Milwaukee

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” Visits James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to Educate Students and Hand Out Scholarships from Sallie Mae

Former teacher turned hip-hop artist Dee-1, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, visited Milwaukee today for “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” a six-city national tour promoting planning for college and financial literacy. Dee-1 met with and performed for students at James Madison Academic Campus and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s office and was joined by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, representatives from Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and leadership from Milwaukee Public Schools and Junior Achievement.

“Going to college doesn't change your life; graduating from college changes your life,” said Dee-1. “It all starts with a good game plan, and that’s why we’re here today. Our young people need the tools and resources to get on the right track not only to go to college, but also to complete college. The good news is there are free tools and resources out there that can help.”

Born David Augustine, Dee-1 graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During his visit to Milwaukee, the rapper and motivational speaker addressed more than 700 high school juniors and seniors, discussing his transformation from middle school math teacher to hip-hop artist and his college experience. Students then joined him on stage as he performed his viral hit song, “Sallie Mae Back,” in which he celebrates repaying his student loans.

“Learning new skills, such as earning a two- or four-year degree, dramatically increases a person’s earnings potential over the course of a career,” said Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. “Smart personal financial management decisions can help these students realize long-term success and prosperity throughout their lives.”

“Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour” is part of a broader effort between Sallie Mae and the state of Wisconsin to prepare students for college. Last year, DFI launched “Look Forward to Your Future,” which provides resources about career and college readiness for students, parents, and educators.

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