Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are among the stars encouraging people to get their post-secondary education with CMT’s new Empowering Education initiative. The website, CMTEmpoweringEducation.com, offers solutions to roadblocks that keep people from going back to college — roadblocks like fear, money and time constraints.
The stars also share their stories on the site. For example, Carrie’s college graduation was postponed a year due to her school requirements and her country career taking off as a result of winning American Idol. Speaking about her graduation day, Carrie says “I was surrounded by friends of mine that I had been going to school with for several years and it was something that I feel like everyone should experience. Everyone should have that moment when they’re proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
Dierks describes getting his college degree as “a special thing.” He says, ” I would definitely not pass it up ’cause it’s kind of a once in a lifetime thing.”
Luke considers himself lucky to have been able to go to college, explaining, ” It made me see life in another way. It made me work harder.”
Dustin Lynch performed at the CMT Empowering Education event Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. He earned got his degree in chemistry and biology at Nashville’s David Lipscomb University. Dustin chose that school because it was close to Music Row, where he could get an education in country music.
“So far both educations have paid off,” Dustin says. “In fact, my college degree helped me land a job that supported me during the early days when I was working to earn my publishing and record deals.”
Lionel Richie is also taking part in the CMT Empowering Education initiative.
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