My Dad told me once to get an education. I guess it meant a lot to him because he did not have one.
So in 1984 I set out to 'get a degree'. I got my Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology in 1987. I always wanted a Bachelor's Degree, but back in that day, just getting an AAS was hard. It was the only degree I could get at the time with my work schedule, and most fire chiefs back then did not place too high a premium on getting degrees and stuff.
So fast forward to 2006. It was possible to get a Bachelor's Degree online. Plus, there was a program near by, I knew the guy running it, and I knew several who had graduated from it. In the fall of 2006 I started in the EMC program at Western Carolina University.
I had planned to be finished by 2010.
I have often heard that "if you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans". Yeah, He sure must have gotten a chuckle.
Life happens, and I had to skip a couple of semesters in 2010. Then I started back, but had to stop again in 2012. And it was starting to not look very positive. You see, when it gets down to it, college costs a lot of money. And you can get reimbursements and stuff, but you have to have the money up front, or you at least need to know that you can get the money so you can pay it back if you borrow it.
So, I got an email the other day from the NC Association of Rescue and EMS telling me I had been awarded a scholarship beginning in the fall of 2014.
I have four classes left. So maybe, just maybe, nine years after I started, I will finish up.
Here's to the Class of 2015.
21:30, 21 May 2014- This just in. Good news travels in waves. Humbled and honored to receive a scholarship form the Johnston County Rescue Association tonight. Looks like my summer, fall, and spring are full!