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Lawyer proves it's never too late
Herbert "Herb" D. Everitt
Age: 66
Occupation: Attorney

Occupation: Attorney

Where did you receive your education?

Amarillo High School; Amarillo College; University of Houston-Clear Lake; and South Texas College of Law.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

At age 66, I am able to be self-employed and provide a job for one other person. But for my education, at my age, I would likely only be able to find a low-paying job.

What's your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?

My own failure to take the need for an education seriously at a younger age. I was 43 years old before I realized that I had missed out in life by not obtaining higher education.

What is the value of your education?

The primary value is the self-esteem and personal pride in achieving a professional education. Second is the ability to create my own job and be self-employed.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

You will be older whether or not you continue your education, so why not continue now. In today's economy, more education is a must.

When did you make education a priority?

I got serious about my education about age 35, and completed a associate degree at Amarillo College, but then I failed to further pursue more education until age 43, at which time I decided to complete a bachelor's degree.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

Because I had the ability to finish college, I finally realized that an advanced education would be self-satisfying, even if I never used the education in my work life.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

I did drop out of college three times. I went back and finally obtained a graduate-level degree because I knew I had the ability and I was cheating myself by not completing college.

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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