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Joe E. Young
Age: 69
Occupation: Retired

Where did you receive your education?
Carver High School (now Carver Elementary Academy), Amarillo College, other vocational courses in lithography and photography.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has helped me obtain jobs in the private, state and federal sectors, as well as my own business as a barber.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Finances. I was raised in a single-parent family and money was tight. I did part-time work. I attended AC and eventually entered the U.S. Army, where I attended stenography school and learned printing. Later in my life, I obtained a barber's license.

What is the value of your education?
It helped me maintain a job that afforded me a decent livelihood until retirement. One can not expect a Cadillac job with a Volkswagon education.

What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
To not continue your education would be one of the biggest mistakes of your life. Without an education earning potential decreases. The higher the level of education, your earning power increases. Education makes you more employable.

When did you make education a priority?
When I realized my choices of jobs was limited to only menial types of jobs. I realized that even vocational or technical training was better than no type of education at all. Going through unemployment lines and being offered the lowest-paying unskilled jobs gave me incentive to do what was necessary to obtain higher paying jobs.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I was on a job and watching younger, less experienced workers with degrees being promoted over me. Without a certain level of education, I could not even apply for certain jobs within my place of employment.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
When I saw others passing me by who had degrees or at least a vocational/technical education in their chosen fields.

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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