In High School, I attended a military boarding school in Oklahoma. Known as the “West Point of the South West”, the Oklahoma Military Academy was well run and had a good staff of former military professionals. I went back for the 50th Anniversary of my 1968 graduation in June of 2018. That school made me a better soldier in the Army when I joined in 1969.
A photo I shot reunion weekend in 2018, 50 years since I was last there. The memorial above honors the Cadets who were Killed during WW II, Korea and the 21 who died in Vietnam.
It took me 6 years to get my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. I had the GI Bill, and I worked part-time and I was in No hurry!! Who wanted to leave Austin in the 70’s?!?
I picked up an FCC 1st Phone Ticket and got an entry-level gig in Austin at KLRN-TV.
I was a “go-fer” on the PBS Music Show Austin City Limits (which is still on the air!) and most summers I went out and worked Pipeline Construction around the nation. (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Michigan, Alabama, W. Virginia and Texas of course.) As I finally was getting around to graduating I sent my Resume all over the country. I got a job as a VR (Vacation Relief) at NBC Washington. I was made a permanent hire 3 weeks after I started.
In DC there were always lots of cool courses on the various campus sites in the city. NBC paid for coursework that was related to your professional responsibilities. I took at least 10 continuing education classes over the years– from graduate programs in the area. I picked up a Six Sigma Green Belt and ITIL certifications which were pretty standard in management programs. Life-long continuing education is no longer optional.
After spending 18 years in the field as a Cameraman/Editor/Field producer/Tech Ops I took a Masters Degree at American University and then I promptly descended into management. I had a blast in the AU graduate program. And I was invited back to teach in the Film and Video program as an adjunct in 2000/01/02. There was always an interesting course each year somewhere in the region. I took advantage of it.
Footnote: My favorite Media production “Learning” environment? Lynda.Com It is a part of LinkedIn and owned by Microsoft. Quality software apps and business process learning. If you’re not familiar with it— You should take a look.