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Education began path to profession

CPA calls degree 'critical' for job

Mike Ohm
Age: 33
Occupation: Certified public accountant

Where did you receive your education?
High School: Carrollton Newman Smith (Dallas). College: West Texas A&M University

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education has been critical in my career. I would not have been able to start my career without my bachelor's degree, as it opened the doors to my profession. My advancement within my career would not have been possible without the education I gained in obtaining my CPA.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge would have to be earning my master's degree. I had to take night classes since I was working full time during the day. It was definitely a grind, but with the support of my employer, classmates, and professors I was able to complete my master's in a year and a half, plus lots of caffeine and sunflower seeds.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Your education will help open doors, give you choices in your career, help provide for a good quality of life, and give you the confidence to achieve anything. I would highly encourage someone that is undecided to continue to persevere, because in the long run your education will pay off.

When did you make education a priority?
My parents always instilled a high priority in my education and made sure that I would attend college. They made sure I had completed all my school work before I could go out and play or participate in sports. Thus, education has always been a priority, and I strive to instill the same principles in my son, Taylan.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
Unfortunately, neither one of my parents had the opportunity to attend college. I know they struggled to break barriers in their professions because they lacked degrees. I wanted to take their work ethic and apply it to my education so I would not be faced with the same barriers.

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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