Military Reservist Graduates from Simpson University Degree-Completion Program

Article by SU student Kaitlin Hergert

REDDING, Calif. — A reservist in the military and working full time, Jared Briggs was inspired by his pregnant wife to return to school. The couple already had a toddler at home, and taking classes when the baby would be due seemed like it would be especially challenging.

But the 34-year-old Redding resident, who hails from Sacramento, decided to return to college at Simpson University because of the positive experience his wife had. Valarie, Briggs’s wife, attended Simpson’s 18-month online adult degree-completion program and graduated in 2019 with a degree in psychology.

Briggs realized the university’s degree-completion program was a great opportunity. “The staff was very helpful and wanted to get me ready to succeed,” he said. He began the online program in 2019 and graduated in 2020 with a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership.

Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center made Briggs’s time at Simpson easier through providing computer and printing access as well as the opportunity to utilize quiet study rooms. The writing center was also very beneficial to Briggs by helping him with research project topics, more effective research strategies, and learning how to properly cite his research.

Briggs says that the Simpson professors were able to help him improve his writing using APA style format, as well as developing improved time management skills for studying and school work. He was also able to learn a lot from his classmates and all the ideas and experiences they brought into discussions.

“The most rewarding factor was participating in class meetings and learning from my classmates,” he said. “I also thought that praying before class was very rewarding.”

After graduating, Briggs hopes to use his degree to become an officer in the National Guard and earn promotions in his current position. He has even contemplated beginning a new career and exploring the many new opportunities now at his fingertips. He believes that he is now a “more versatile applicant for many competitive jobs.”

Briggs’s time at Simpson made his faith stronger because of time spent in prayer, as well as conversations both about faith and applying faith to the materials presented in class. He said he would recommend Simpson University’s adult degree-completion program to others. “I became a better person because of it,” he said.

Learn more about the adult degree-completion program at


About the author
Kaitlin Hergert is a freshman from Hillsboro, Ore., who is planning to major in nursing. Kaitlin works in the university’s Marketing Department. When she’s not in class, she loves playing softball and piano, singing, and hunting.

Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at