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Degree helps mom get ahead in life
Lyndy Forrester
Age: 37
Occupation: Business Development Manager, Amarillo Economic Development Corp.

Where did you receive your education?

Wellington High School; Angelo State University in San Angelo.

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

If it were not for my education, my career would look nothing like it does today.

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

I began college out of high school but eventually dropped out after I got married and had a baby. However, divorce soon followed and I had an infant son to support. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but it was clear I must finish my college degree. My father did everything he could to make sure I finished college.

What is the value of your education?

I would not trade my education for any amount of money. There are things my middle-school speech teacher taught me years ago that I still use today. I especially remember her emphasis on manners, good grammar and public speaking with confidence. Thanks, Mrs. Williams.

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

I think it's important to note there are different types of education - associate degrees, technical colleges, skilled-trades apprenticeships - that are great career paths.

When did you make education a priority?

July 4, 1996. My dad and I drove to San Angelo from Wellington to find my son and I a place a live so I could finish my senior year of college. I'll never forget that day - that was a real turning point in my life.

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

When I became a single mother with no college education. I was terrified of what my future held. One thing became clear: Getting a college education was something that I had to do.

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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