MARSHALLTOWN (SPECIAL) - Few people fill their careers with the passion and vision that touched as many people as the beloved Aplington-Parkersburg Football Coach Ed Thomas. Yet, as parents, counselors, and teachers help direct students to their future education and life’s work, isn’t that what we wish for every one of them? Just one month after his father was murdered, Aaron Thomas moved back to his hometown to continue the legacy his father started. Aaron Thomas became the community leader who called for understanding and forgiveness.
On Tuesday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m., Aaron Thomas will talk to more than 1,200 high school juniors about the life lessons he learned from his father, especially what he considers to be “the greatest gift - the power to choose to live each day with passion for what you do, and how each of us truly can make a difference.”
Aaron Thomas and his family received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2010 ESPY Awards for being the people Ed Thomas would have expected them to be, showing extraordinary strength in their darkest days.
Aaron Thomas is currently the Director of Student Services, Athletics Director, Head Boys Basketball Coach, and Assistant Football Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg. He and his wife Ellie have three sons. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake University and was the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Union High School prior to returning to Parkersburg.
Thomas’ message sets the tone for a day centered on career exploration for high school students. MCC, in cooperation with at least 12 area high school counselors and multiple businesses, welcomes students to learn about employment options for their future by hearing from the experts – professionals from a variety of vocations within the community. Students will choose to attend four breakout sessions from more than 26 career areas.
Two careers included this year are welding and electrical. There will also be representatives from Emerson Process Management, Fisher Division; Hy-Vee, Iowa School of Beauty, and the Iowa Veterans Home, plus many other local industries and businesses.
The public is invited to attend Aaron Thomas’ keynote address at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the MCC Student Activity Center, 3702 S. Center St., Marshalltown. Students should register through their high school counselors by April 15.
For more information contact Angie Redmond, MCC Associate Dean of Enrollment Services at 641-844-5712, 866-622-4748, or Angie.Redmond@iavalley.edu. The MCC Career Expo is sponsored by Emerson Process Management of Marshalltown.