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Salesman says education 'priceless'

Shane Redline
Age: 33
Occupation: Salesman at ASCO Equipment

Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo College; bachelor's and master's degrees from West Texas A&M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Once you're the manager of a department or team of people, many times there's no one to ask what to do. That's when all of the hours of studying those books and using your brain come into play. I can tell a big difference between someone who has committed years of their life to college and made it through. They understand what it takes to stay with something and usually make extremely great employees.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I had to pay for school myself and was able to do so by working a full-time job. It was not easy, and my grades could have been a bit better. However, employers value that and understand I could multitask because I did it for five years and made it through.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Priceless. I would not be where I am today without it. I think I could have done the required activities and duties in the jobs I have had without going to college. However, the doors wouldn't have opened if I hadn't obtained my degree. There is a world of very smart people out there.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I was able to provide for myself and my family a standard of living well above the norm. I have learned that life isn't all about money. However, many of the things that make our life comfortable and fun are purchased with money. Getting those degrees made it all possible.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Call me and let's eat lunch, I'll buy the meal if you can bring me a list of legitimate reasons as to why you think not continuing is a good idea. For 99.99 percent of people, I don't think the list will be very long and more importantly, list good reasons. So plan on buying, and I like a big ribeye!

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  • 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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