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TV producer made choice to finish

Marcie Robinson
Age: 38
Occupation: Producer at KACV-TV

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I owe everything I have accomplished in my career to my education. I got hands-on training and earned an associate degree at Amarillo College. I finished my bachelor's at WT while working as a disc jockey. In 2004, while working at AC as program director for FM-90, I went back to WT and received a master's in speech communications in 2008.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
As I was working toward my master's degree, I lost most of my eyesight. I had to take some time off to adjust to blindness and retrain myself. I learned how to use assistive technology to continue my education.

What is the value of your education?
To me, education is so much more than fulfilling requirements on a degree plan. It exposes you to a world beyond your backyard.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would encourage them to continue their education because it will in some way serve them. It may seen hard or unnecessary at times, but in the long run you will never regret finishing a degree or certificate.

When did you make education a priority?
I always knew I would go to college, but it really became a priority for me when I was attending WT. I could have quit going to school because I had a job in my chosen field, but I made a choice to continue and finish what I started.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
The first was when I was a student in the Radio/TV program at AC. It was a great time for music and radio and I met some of my best friends during those years.

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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