REDDING, Calif.—Working full time with three children who are active in sports, Tina Schoffstoll knew it would be a challenge to earn her college degree.
But when she learned she could complete her bachelor’s online in 16 months through Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program, she said yes to the opportunity.
“I only live 72 miles from Redding and have friends who attended,” she said. “They always had good things to say about Simpson.”
The 40-year-old Weed resident was one of 150 students who graduated from Simpson University on April 28. She earned a degree in organizational leadership, one of four majors offered through ASPIRE.
“While attending Simpson I felt like I was learning something useful and I was interested in the courses. I know attending Simpson will be beneficial in my current position,” said Schoffstoll, who works at College of the Siskiyous in the Human Resources Department.
A longtime Weed resident, Schoffstoll was working toward becoming a dental hygienist when she became pregnant. She put those plans on hold and began working in a dental office as an office manager. There she realized she had an interest in human resources.
The ASPIRE program offered convenient, manageable courses, as well as helpful staff and professors, she said. “Everyone that I dealt with was wonderful. The professors were approachable and seemed to really care about my success,” she said.
With her husband traveling about 70 percent of the time, and juggling her job and children’s schedules, it took discipline and focus to stay on task. But Schoffstoll found the courses immediately relevant to her career and her life.
“These courses have taught me how to communicate better with people in both my professional and personal life,” she said. “I have more confidence in my abilities as a leader as well.”
Schoffstoll plans to continue working in human resources. “This degree will help me advance in this area,” she said. “The tools I have learned will help me be successful.”
Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program offers degrees in organizational leadership, psychology, business management, and liberal studies, for those interested in becoming teachers. Coursework can be completed in 12 to 16 months. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire or call Leslie at (530) 226-4198.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.