Aplington-Parkersburg Athletic Director, head basketball coach and motivational speaker, Aaron Thomas will return to Marshalltown Community College this April to share his message with hundreds of area high school students. Coach Thomas spoke three years ago at MCC's Career Expo, just a year removed from he and his family receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2010 ESPY's.
At 9:30 a.m. April 15, Thomas will talk to more than 900 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."
Thomas is the son of the late Coach Ed Thomas, who was shot and killed in the team's weight room by a former player in 2009. Just one month after the incident, Thomas moved back to his hometown to continue the legacy that his father started. His inspirational story is one of living each day with passion and having the power to make a difference.
Aaron Thomas, Director of Student Services and Athletic Director, at Aplington-Parkersburg, is the keynote speaker for Marshalltown Community College’s Career Expo on April 15. He will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center, on the south side of campus, 3702 S. Center St., Marshalltown. The public is welcome to attend his powerful presentation on life lessons he learned from his dad, the late Ed Thomas.
Thomas is currently the Director of Student Services, Athletics Director and Head Boys Basketball 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 10 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.
The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will choose to attend four breakout sessions from more than 25 career areas. The career sessions include: Accounting, Ag Science, Automotive Tech, Art, Broadcasting, Business/Management, Computers, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice/Law, Dental Assisting, Education, Electrical/Industrial Maintenance, Engineering, English/Journalism, Machine Tool & Die, Medical/Medical Assisting, Military, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, Science, Sports Management, Social Work, Utility Technician and Welding.
The public is invited to attend Aaron Thomas' keynote address which will take place in the MCC Student Activity Center, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown. Students should register through their high school counselors by April 9. The MCC Career Expo is sponsored by Emerson Process Management of Marshalltown.
For more information contact Angie Redmond, MCC Associate Dean of Enrollment Services at 641-844-5712, 866-622-4748, or Angie.Redmond@iavalley.edu.