By Frank Beamer
As many of you know, I grew up in the wonderful little community of Fancy Gap. For those of you not familiar with my hometown, it is nestled atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Carroll County not too far from the North Carolina border.
Fortunately for me and my brother and sister, we grew up in a home where getting an education was not a question, but a quest. Our mother, Herma, taught for 30 years in the public school system and inspired us to read and achieve.
I was fortunate enough to receive an athletic scholarship to attend college, but I knew I had to continue my education even if I had not been a student-athlete. That was more than 50 years ago. Today, further education beyond high school is even more important. By 2020, 60 percent of all jobs in America, and in Virginia, will require education and training beyond that provided by a simple high school diploma.
Beamer is the head coach of the Virginia Tech football team.