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David Alan Corbin
Age: 55
Occupation: Artist and Art Gecko Studio and Gallery owner.

Where did you receive your education?

Williamsport Community College in Pennsylvania; Amarillo College continuing education classes.

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

It has served as a gateway to better options and more opportunities.

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

Having a full-time job, a family, and a desire to continue learning for future job opportunities and advancement. Continuing-education courses helped me fit school into my hectic schedule.

What is the value of your education?

I'm able to do the things I love now and not be tied to an endless, uninteresting, unchallenged job. It took many years. Stay the course. Day to day activities, meeting new people and the constant, creative process of creating art keeps me motivated to exceed my expectations.

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

Don't procrastinate. No matter where your interests are, be the best and become an expert in what you do.

When did you make education a priority?

In 1979. I packed everything I owned and moved from Pennsylvania to Texas. I knew for a "Yankee" to survive here, an education, a desire to excel and community involvement was key. "Move West young man," ... that was me.

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

Being raised in a small town up North with limited job growth and opportunities. My interests and career desires were not conducive to the area.

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

No. A loving wife and family are there in the low times to pick me up and keep me going in the difficult times. My father was very supportive of my move and wanted me to have the things that he was only able to dream about.

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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