STS Strive Alumni Graduates and Prepares for Future


Memphis will soon have another degreed man in the community.

On December 19th, DeMarcus Collier will officially complete his certificate at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. He will have completed hours in Industrial Maintenance with the trades welding, electronics and machine tool under his belt.

Not only is he going to be more qualified for the world; he has also set a record as the first Setting The Standard Enterprise Corporation Strive Alum who is receiving his degree.

“My mentors taught me how to be different and how to accept being different,” Collier said. “They taught me self-confidence and how to love myself.”

Collier learned about STS as a sophomore at East High School. He remembers meeting co-founder Jeremy Calhoun and at the time having no idea what a mentor was. He went to his first meeting and was “intrigued.”

He loved how the program poured into young men, especially those from broken homes. Being from Binghampton, he was happy to find another family outside of home, especially a family who was willing to give “free game.”

“Family is not always blood-related; all of my mentors are big brothers to me. They’re genuine and they know how to reach you by just being their selves,” Collier said.  

He graduated from East High and STS Strive in May of 2017. He continued applying his skills and with dedication he actually received his certificate in October of 2018, due to TCAT only having one commencement a year. Graduting early is only possible when students earn good grades and enough completed hours by the October deadline. Collier does have one class left and said he’s “just trying to finish strong.”

 He has plans to find a company he can grow and use his skills with and because he’s a product of STS Strive, we are sure he will be successful at doing so. Congratulations DeMarcus and continue #MakingExcellenceTheNorm.