Last week Maurice Thomas, a 2006 GED graduate, stopped by to share his educational accomplishments.
He received his associate’s degree in fire protection last year and will be graduating from the University of Akron in December with a bachelor’s degree in emergency management.
Maurice, who currently works as a freelance videographer, plans on using his talent to help improve emergency management systems. He hopes to work for FEMA and help the organization become “more proactive, not reactive.”
“The 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina opened my eyes to a lot of things that were going on,” he explained. “I want to be able to help people get through to unexpected hard times.”
Maurice dropped out of high school when he was in the 10th grade so that he could take care of his daughter.
“It was hard because I was a father before I was a man,” he said. “But that’s the only reason why I stopped going to school. I had to provide for my family.”
After seeing where the economy was headed, he decided it was time to finish his education.
“Some people decide to further their education for their children, but I did it for myself,” he said. “This allowed me to better provide for my children and become a better role model.”
Maurice said he wants African-American males to use him as an example.
“If you want something, you have to work for it,” he said. “And that’s what I did.”
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