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School taught director to think outside box

John P. Salazar Jr.
Age: 33
Occupation: Executive director of the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo College; West Texas A&M University. I will begin to pursue a master's in business administration this summer.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
The great opportunities that I have found would not have been possible without higher education. My education has also taught me to think out of the box and question everything and then analyze the results.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was following through on the commitment to complete my two degree programs. It actually took me nine years of dropping out and going back repeatedly to complete my associate degree and three years to complete my bachelor's degree while working full time.

What is the value of your education?
Your education is one of the only things that you cannot lose or that someone else can take away from you. I am living the example that many great things begin with education.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would advise it is never too late to go back to school. What do you have to lose?

When did you make education a priority?
I made education my priority once I realized that I could not get a satisfying career with just a high school diploma.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
Upon the completion of my bachelor's degree, it was very obvious to me that a lot of doors opened up during the initial interview processes that were not open before. I was able to be a little selective in the types of jobs I pursued and actually had some options while deciding what type of employment I wanted.

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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