Jason dropped out of high school at a young age. Shortly thereafter, he came to Literacy Council of Tyler to obtain his GED. But the plan failed, and Jason quit the program, saying he felt like it was more important to go out and work.
The years passed and “life happened”. Jason got married and had three children – now 12, 11 and 9. It was his love for his children and desire for their success that made him reevaluate his own life’s goals.
“One of my goals for my children is for them to get an education,” said Jason. “It seemed like if it was important for them, it was a good step for me to get an education as well.”
Jason firmly believes that you can’t motivate someone else to do something that you don’t do yourself.
So, he headed back to LCOT with a new outlook and met a new group of people. For him, the timing was perfect. “I got into the hands of some really caring people and it seemed like the rest is history in the making.”
Jason enrolled in the Innovative Grant program, where he recently received his GED and Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate concurrently. He is now in the Bookkeeping and Business Management Program at Tyler Junior College working on his Associate’s Degree.
“Going back to school has given me a new lease on life,” said Jason. “At one point it seemed like I was going from one dead end job to another dead end job.”
“I had this grandioso idea when I was younger that I’d have my own business and that would be supporting me for the rest of my life. And that did work for me for a while. The more I grew into that the more I realized that an education was mandatory because the world never stays the same. It constantly evolves, and I felt like I needed to evolve with those times to be successful.”
When asked what has surprised Jason about his new academic success, he said that not much has surprised him.
“This success is actually going along with the picture that’s in my mind. I visualized this and what surprised me more than anything is that it seemed like it was effortless. Because I believe when you really set your mind to do something, you can accomplish anything.”