Red Bluff Resident Graduates College 19 Years After He Started
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Nineteen years after starting his college education, Red Bluff resident Scott Curtis earned his B.A. degree in Business and Human Resources Management with honors from Simpson University.
The 37-year old business owner and father of three received his diploma from the Continuing Studies (ASPIRE) program during the winter commencement on Jan. 10 at the Redding campus.
The Continuing Studies program graduated 115 students, making it the largest graduating class in ASPIRE's 20-year history. Simpson University's traditional undergraduate program graduated 10 students, while 16 earned their master's degrees.
Curtis began college in 1989, taking classes at Shasta College and eventually enrolling at Chico State. The program wasn't a good fit for him, and in 2000 he became a Red Bluff police officer.
During his four years as a police officer, Curtis found it difficult to continue taking college courses and also spend time with his family. He decided to make a career change and left the police department in 2004 to become a licensed private investigator.
"The transition in my career was scary," said Curtis. "I gave up a fairly consistent paycheck with a government job, but I needed to do something that offered more flexibility so I could be with my family more often. It was a leap of faith."
Curtis opened up his own business, Advantage Investigative Services in Red Bluff. Today he owns a second business, Pro-Tech Medical Billing.
As a business owner, Curtis knew he wanted to earn his business degree. Simpson University's Continuing Studies program was a perfect fit because he could earn his degree in 16 months while focusing on his businesses and family.
Curtis will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, making him eligible for Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for students who receive a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
"I told my wife that I wanted to graduate with honors. It was important to me and I fought hard to get it," said Curtis.
Curtis' wife, Jaye, and three kids, Ryan, Taylor, and Ethan, watched him receive his diploma on Saturday.
"I want my kids to see that it's never too late to finish what you started, but also that it's harder to do when you're older," he said.
Curtis said he feels a sense of accomplishment in completing his degree after nearly two decades.
"I like working for myself and the flexibility that it offers. It's nice to be home with my family during the holidays and be able to help coach my son's soccer team," he said.
SimpsonUniversity celebrates 20 years in Redding. Located at 2211 College View Drive, Simpson University is a Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations