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Commitment to education pays off

Galen D. Chandler
Age: 51
Occupation: Regional program director for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Where did you receive your education?
Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has been critical and a must for each of the positions I have served in as a professional educator.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My challenge has been procrastination. I try to justify this trait by saying that I do my best work under pressure.

What is the value of your education?
My education has truly improved my life and has provided for my family.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would tell them that it would be a terrible and long-lasting mistake to limit your education at any level. There are endless opportunities for financial aid, such as low-interest loans, grants and scholarships. Vocational training and certifications can be very financially lucrative.

When did you make education a priority?
One summer during college, I worked at Yellow Freight Systems in Dallas as a freight dock employee. I loaded and unloaded big rigs all day. Even though I was making good money for a college student and was in good physical shape, I knew there had to be something bigger than this for my life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I joined the AgriLife Extension Service, it was easy to understand in order to promote within the organization that more formal education was necessary.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Quitting was never really an option. My parents raised me to understand the importance of following through with commitments.

2009 Stories
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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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