Redding Man Fulfills College Dream at Simpson University
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REDDING, Calif. - On April 26, Redding resident Timothy McBrayer achieved a dream he has had for almost 40 years. After years of hard work, he received his bachelor’s degree from Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies, ASPIRE degree-completion program.
“The biggest goal that I have had for most of my adult life has been to earn a bachelor’s degree, and I have achieved that goal,” he said. “I don't know what difference it will make in my life, but I know it will be a great satisfaction to know I have achieved it.”
McBrayer, 57, received his B.A. in business management at Simpson’s spring commencement ceremony. He was also inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society for continuing education students who maintain at least a 3.8 grade-point average.
“I decided if I was ever going to finish my bachelor’s degree, I had better get serious about it,” he said. “I looked into ASPIRE, and the Business and HR Management degree program seemed like a perfect fit.”
McBrayer started his college education at Shasta College in 1974 and had completed two associate degrees by 1978. He decided to return to school in 2013 to further his career.
“I thought two two-year degrees would be good enough for any future career,” he said. “However, I found out years later two two-year degrees do not equal a four-year degree. Several positions I applied for required a bachelor’s degree, and I was passed over. Also, in some positions I held I was not paid as much as I would have been if I had had a bachelor’s degree.”
McBrayer said the biggest challenge he faced while in the ASPIRE program was working full-time while going to school.
“Even though the courses are only one night per week for five weeks, there is still quite a bit of outside class work that is required,” he said. “Finding time in the evenings and on weekends is not easy at all. It is worth it, though.”
After graduation, McBrayer plans to continue working full-time as the staff accountant at Neighborhood Church in Redding, a position he’s held since 2010. His job includes bookkeeping, accounting and human resources responsibilities. He also plans on attending his 40th high school reunion at Enterprise High School this summer.
McBrayer said he likes many features of the ASPIRE program, including the class schedule and being in the same cohort throughout the program. He appreciated how the ASPIRE program helped him develop his conversational skills and equipped him with tools he can use in his career.
Based on his positive experience, McBrayer said he would recommend the ASPIRE program to others.
“I believe ASPIRE is a worthwhile degree program for those, like me, who have earned other college credits and work experience, to earn a bachelor’s degree while still working,” he said.
Story by Elise Wilson
Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include bachelor's degrees in Spanish and nursing, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Learn about our new Science & Nursing Building at simpsonu.edu/snbuilding. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
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