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Degree opened up new horizons

Woman left 'comfort zone' for schooling

Chris Lyles
Age: 48
Occupation: Certified administrative professional

Where did you receive your education?
Ballard High School, Huxley, Iowa; Clarendon College; International Association of Administrative Professionals

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My continuous education opens my eyes to things that are new - different ways to do things, new technology, new friends.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Deciding to further my education was probably the biggest challenge, and then actually following through with it. I have learned a great deal in every position I have held.

What is the value of your education?
My education has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am involved in more projects than I ever thought I would be. And I'm enjoying it thoroughly.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
What's stopping you? What is the greatest hurdle or hardship you can imagine that is stopping you? Face it, then conquer it.

When did you make education a priority?
When I decided I wanted to have the opportunity to work in a progressive environment while still having customer contact.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I first decided to further my education, my husband and I were living in a small Panhandle community. The community environment is something I am glad to have experienced. But the employment opportunities were very limited.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I may have. That has been a few years ago. But I didn't quit. I finished my degree at Clarendon College, and continue to gain professional lessons, through my employer as well as IAAP. While we can be our own biggest critic, we can also be, and should be, our own most vocal advocate.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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