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George Abrahamson

Name: George Abrahamson

Age: 56

Occupation: Engineer

Where did you receive your education?

Tascosa High School; Amarillo College; Texas Tech University; and 36 years of diversified engineering and surveying education.

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

It helped me develop skills in my chosen fields whereby I enjoy helping others pursue their own project goals and succeed through my performance of activities that have become my livelihood. Education is the foundation of any success I have enjoyed and has substantially improved the quality of my life.

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

Starting college after 10 years of working on projects for various construction contractors. I observed others doing what I knew I could do and was encouraged by family, friends, professors and instructors. I worked part time in the engineering and surveying field while attending college. I never gave up working to achieve my goals and to better myself so I could help others better themselves.

What is the value of your education?

The value of my education is the satisfaction I realize through success in my work with others. Education has made an otherwise toilsome existence fun and exciting. Living by the famous quotation "Learn to love your work and you'll never work again" is my rule.

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

Do not hesitate! Believe in yourself! Do it now! Go for it all and never look back until you have achieved your goals, and then only to review and take stock of your work and accomplishments.

When did you make education a priority?

Ten years after graduating from high school and working in the building construction field as a laborer, foreman and superintendent. I realized I wanted to design site improvements such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, and related structures by way of project construction plans.

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

Beginning in my youth, I observed what I believed to be the typical result of absence of education and knew I wanted a better life than that which I had often witnessed. My family urged me to pursue goals of a better quality lifestyle. I knew that in helping others, I would realize my own reward of satisfaction in life.

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

I realized what I wanted and never thought about quitting. I was track team and football team manager at Tascosa High School and still remember looking at a small white sign with black letters on the boy's locker room wall near the back door to the athletic fields we used everyday day of practice, meets and games: "Winners never Quit, Quitters never Win." I never wanted to be a quitter or a loser.

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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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