Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, everyone says you have to have a college degree, but why?
A: Well, there are entire books written about this. There are also scores of examples of people who were very successful without a degree. It can depend on what you want to do as there are some fields and some companies that demand a degree. The old adage that it is more important who you know can also hold true. If nothing else, working towards a degree very often leads to a career, and often a better paying one.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...