Category Archives: Education

Education matters in a Globalized Knowledge-Worker era

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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.

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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.

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“Hook ’em Horns”

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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.

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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.IMG_0250

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.

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