Back in January I wrote a story called “Hindsight Is 2020” In that story I told you that I needed to do something different due to Syd graduating in 2020. Well Syd’s out of school for the summer and this year she decided to be a camp counselor at school. She wanted to knock out her school service hours in one summer versus working on them a little at a time over the next three years. She also wanted to add the experience to her college resume. Instead of having the entire summer off from driving to school I continued as if school never let out. HOWEVER, Syd spends July at her Mom’s house and so this past Friday was my last day of being Daddy driver and on Saturday she was gone. Suddenly I found myself with nothing to do.
Now to be fair it’s not that I don’t have anything to do. Andrea and I are working on something that pretty much takes up the rest of the summer. I’m saying that based on the 2020 story I am realizing I really need to get my stuff together because Syd needs me less and less. Over the last few months I looked at different things that may interest me and even thought of getting another job just to pass the time but honestly another job was just “busy work”. So what am I going to do with my free time?
About two weekends ago I learned that Atlanta Technical College was having an open house. I went to it and as of this past Monday I am enrolled to return to college and get my first degree. When I graduated high school I enrolled and attended Ga. State U. 30 years later I felt a little overwhelmed about returning to such a huge university. I decided ATC was a good fit for me. I needed to start small and work my way back to GSU. At ATC I can pull my Associates Degree and then transfer all of my credits to GSU and get my Bachelors.
While at the open house I learned that ATC in conjunction with the State of Georgia offer opportunities to get free training in 12 different programs of study. These particular training programs are in job fields that Georgia has determined are areas of need. The gist of it is there are two grants that when combined gives you a free education. Click this link for more information. Some of the programs include Computer Technology and Programming, Early Childhood Care and Education, Health Science and Commercial Truck Driving. YES they will teach you how to drive a tractor and trailer for free. Most companies charge between $2,000 and $4,000 to get your CDL. If you want to make a change in your life this is something to think about.
I have been in the Supply Chain business for the last 23 years and I chose to restart my learning by getting my first degree in something I know pretty well, Supply Chain Management. Unfortunately my degree program is not included in the 12 so I will have to pay out of pocket.
So, in the fall I will begin a new chapter in my life. I plan to graduate from ATC in 2019, get my B.S. in 2021 from GSU and then work on additional degrees including my Masters. Hindsight may be 2020 but it doesn’t have to mean looking in the rear. You can plan ahead and have a forward vision. It’s what I am doing and I feel really good that I “saw it coming”.