Simpson University, Bethel Tech to Host Panel on Higher Education, Technology

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University and Bethel School of Technology are hosting a free symposium titled “Aligning the Future of Work and Education” at 7 p.m. March 13, featuring experts in higher education, technology and the connection between the two.

Guests are invited to hear from Michael Clifford, a venture catalyst in the world of higher education; Dr. Norman Hall, president of Simpson University; Ryan Collins, CEO of Bethel School of Technology; Johanna Wilson, COO of Bethel School of Technology; and Chad McCulley, CEO of 511 Enterprises. This event will be moderated by Redding Mayor Julie Winter.

The panel will discuss topics that include aligning higher education with the purpose of work; where technology is headed in the workforce; and how higher education can adapt and provide solutions to fit an ever-increasing need. A case study of Simpson University’s partnership with Bethel School of Technology will be examined as an example of how higher education is adapting to the ever-changing needs of the workforce.

The panel will be held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, on Simpson’s campus, 2211 College View Drive in Redding.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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About Bethel School of Technology

Based in Redding, CA, Bethel School of Technology, founded by Kris Vallotton, is a Christian faith-based software development boot camp that equips individuals to have high impact in the marketplace with the necessary skills and character to enter the job market for high-growth, in-demand IT careers. Bethel Tech launched as an online program in January 2018, and maintains a 95 percent month-over-month retention rate and an 83 percent job placement rate within 120 days of graduation.

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