Horace Davis: Training The Next Generation
BY TRONE DOWD
Born in Jamaica, Horace Davis has spent his life working his way through school, finding his niche and using his platform to help youths in communities of color find their calling through education.
Davis moved to the United States at the tender age of 7. Upon arriving, his focus became schooling. He worked his way through elementary and middle school before earning a spot at one of the city’s leading schools, Brooklyn Tech.
After graduating from high school, Davis would go on to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. According to him, this was where he discovered his interest in the energy field.
“For my junior and senior year, I received a scholarship from a local energy company in Allentown,” he said.
“That was really my first introduction to the energy industry. I realized how important energy was and is to society. It really was something that I gravitated to —an opportunity to deal with people and providing a service that is so important.”
Straight out of college, with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, he obtained a job with Philadelphia Electric. He would later earn his master’s in energy management from the New York Institute of Technology.
Today, Davis holds the titles of general manager of Quality Assurance Engineering and Program Support at Con Edison of New York.
Utilizing his success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), he has turned his focus towards the next generation. Today, he serves as the vice president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation school board, and is a member of the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.
“Education was absolutely something important to me well before college,” he said. “My family is first-generation immigrant. Part of coming here was to take advantage of the education opportunities.”
Even with all of these hats, Davis wanted to do more. In 2011, he founded the Caribbean American Society of New York (CASONY), an organization dedicated to working with children from age 5 all the way to eighth grade, and exposing them to the STEM field. According to Davis, this is where jobs of the future are mostly bred.
“We want to make sure our children are prepared to take advantage of that,” he said. “Many times, [children of Caribbean descent] don’t have the foundational elements, the math, the science, the exposure. It becomes much more difficult for them to explore this as an option later on.”
CASONY seeks to improve the social, educational and economic status of its members through charitable giving, cultural events and educational initiatives. Davis said that he is proud of the work that his organization has been able to do.
“It’s important to take your education seriously,” he said. “Do your homework—the little things that can be established now and become a part of how you approach things—which prepares you for success later on.”