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Police officer says to keep learning

Jerry Neufeld
Age: 46
Occupation: Corporal, Amarillo Police Department.

Where did you receive your education?
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has affected my life more than I ever dreamed it would. When I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to become a police officer. I figured it would be fun and exciting, but never realized the importance of proper grammar and error-free reporting. After all, the police report an officer files may lead to a criminal trial, and ultimately affect his or her reputation by sounding competent or not.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge was a lack of money. I had to work my way through college, to pay for tuition, books and other needs. It gave me a deeper appreciation for the education I received.

What is the value of your education?
I value my education and the advantages it has awarded me today, but I don't think I valued it enough when I was younger. I wish I had continued my education after I started my career in law enforcement.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Continue it. An education is an investment in your future that nobody can take from you. Earning a degree is an accomplishment that earns people's respect and opens doors in the workplace.

When did you make education a priority?
At the Police Academy. As I came to understand the importance education would have on my effectiveness as a police officer, I knew I would have to work and study hard. A career in law enforcement is ever-changing and leaves plenty of room for educational growth and improvement. We are never finished learning in our personal or professional lives.

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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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