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Attorney says learning can be fun
Slater Elza
Age: 37
Occupation: Attorney, shareholder, Underwood Law Firm; part-time instructor at Amarillo College.

Where did you receive your education?

Amarillo High School; Amarillo College; Texas Tech University; Texas Tech University School of Law.

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

Without education, I would not have a job as an attorney. Many of my friends are people that I met through school and practicing law.

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

When I started college, I was not prepared for the dedication and focus it would take. I started slow, but then tried to find courses and teachers I enjoyed. My undergraduate degree is actually in restaurant and hotel institutional management. Finding courses I enjoyed made college fun.

What is the value of your education?

It allows me to do whatever I want with my life. My education gives me more opportunities and options. Practicing law allows me to do something different every day, so I never have to worry about boredom.

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

Continue it. Decide what it is you would love to do and call Amarillo College and make an appointment to see a counselor. Amarillo College has almost unlimited options in educational and vocational programs. AC is a wonderful resource for starting or continuing your education.

When did you make education a priority?

In high school. I had some great teachers at Amarillo High that helped me realize that learning can be fun.

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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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