Independent Educational Consultant in Minneapolis/Twin Cities area

Gerald Downing

Independent Educational Consultant

What do I enjoy most about being a college consultant?

I enjoy helping students who wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with a college consultant and give these students a chance at college that never believed they had.


  • BS, Electrical Engineering Technology, Northeastern University
  • Certificate, Independent Educational Consulting, University of California – Irvine

Professional Experience:

  • Mentor, AchieveMPLS
  • 34 years of skills and job experiences in Engineering to prepare students who want to pursue post-secondary education in STEM-related fields.

While serving as an engineer based in manufacturing and quality, Gerald has cultivated a passion for aiding high school students in their pursuit of higher education. He’s passionate about community service and being involved in mentorship programs that allows him to engage and work one on one with students.. Gerald’s personal experience with the college application process began with putting three daughters into their respective colleges. Gerald is married to his wife of 23 years, Janice, and in his spare time an avid golfer who loves traveling.

If you could be a candy bar, what would you be, and why? Three Musketeers I have 3 daughters and my wife says I’m just an old softie in the middle.

“Great job Gerald Downing! This athlete lost his mom to cancer which emotionally he never completely healed from… He gave his all to the game but we didn’t have the expertise to support his educational needs. We went out and developed a relationship with a very special program… It was a pleasure receiving a message informing us that he will be attending college and playing QB…!”