Success should be celebrated and thus yesterday I took two young ladies out to lunch, because of their success.
Dawn went first and got a Bachelor's Degree from Phoenix. (Here is where you education snobs can turn up your noses, but I think there is a lot to be said for distance learning.) Then Lynn went to school and just this last Saturday got her AA Diploma from Phoenix.
I would like to note that there was support from the family side. For Dawn, Louis, who used to work for me and now works for MACOM, and for Lynn, Toni, who does contracting, up in New Hampshire. Even if there is not help with the homework, the support is important. I know my wife's support was important while I was going to night school to get a Master's Degree while we were stationed in Germany (USC Extension at Bitburg AB). These non-standard approaches to education are a lot of effort.
Also important is paying for the education and Dynamics Research Corporation, like all good companies, has a program to help employees pay for their education, which they did in both these cases, with my successor, Ron Smits, carrying on the effort after I left. As I recall, Ron got his Master's Degree from Old Dominion University at night while stationed at Langley Air Force Base, in Hampton, Virginia.
Yes, a reason to Celebrate.
Regards — Cliff