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Degree improved quality of her life

Lulu Hall Cowan
Age: 60
Occupation: Special assistant to the president, Amarillo College.

Where did you receive your education?
West Texas A&M University; University of Texas at Arlington.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without a college degree, I would not have been qualified to pursue occupations in the mental health and education fields that interest me.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
For two years I commuted weekly from Amarillo to the University of Texas at Arlington to earn my master's degree in social work. Focus, determination, flexibility and organization were critical elements in that pursuit.

What is the value of your education?
Benefits include more money, greater employment options, better job security and improved quality of life. The college environment is a good place to learn, practice and polish skills that will last a lifetime.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Education expands your world, personally and professionally. It is worth the time, money and effort involved. Working at Amarillo College has given me the chance to see every day how education changes people's lives.

When did you make education a priority?
Education was always important to me but became a priority when I decided on a career that required a degree.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My parents valued education. They encouraged and expected school to be a priority.

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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