Redding Man Enjoys Accomplishment of Simpson University Online Degree

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Allen Schroeder

Allen Schroeder

REDDING, Calif. - After taking a personality test and learning that his ideal career required a graduate-level education, Allen Schroeder decided to focus on earning his bachelor’s degree as one of the steps in achieving his professional goals.

“Psychology is a good platform for social work, counseling, and pursing a graduate degree in social work or marriage and family therapy,” he said.

Schroeder, 41-year-old Redding resident, was one of more than 180 students who graduated April 29 from Simpson University. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Simpson University’s School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies, ASPIRE program.

Before enrolling in ASPIRE, Schroeder took classes at Butte and Shasta colleges. He looked into Simpson after hearing about it from a college academic counselor.

“I wanted get a bachelor’s degree fairly quickly so I could pursue my graduate degree,” he said. “The ASPIRE program offered me exactly what I was looking for—an online fast-track program for adults who worked full time.”

Schroeder started taking ASPIRE courses in January 2016. He was part of a 16-month-long online psychology degree program. He connected with professors and classmates using email, Skype, and Moodle, Simpson’s online learning management system. In addition to psychology, the ASPIRE program offers an online bachelor’s in organizational leadership.

Schroeder opted to take the online psychology program instead of the traditional face-to-face format because it was a better fit for his busy lifestyle. While in school, he worked full time as a social worker for Shasta County. He’s also married and has children.

“I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment—balancing full-time work/school, and being a family man,” he said. “It’s definitely a milestone in my life that I could accomplish so much in such a little amount of time, and still come out sane, and successful.”

One of the program features Schroeder liked the most was the online forums.

“They allowed me to post opinions, debate and add to other students’ arguments,” he said. “It was the next best thing to being in a classroom.”

The forums also gave Schroeder an opportunity to share some of the challenges and losses he encountered while in the program.

“To be vulnerable with other students and my professors caused me to grow so much more than I expected,” he said.

Schroeder said overcoming the challenges the program presented, like four-week intensive courses, was one of the most rewarding parts.

“I feel that the challenge of the ASPIRE program has definitely set me up for success,” he said. “I’m much more determined to take on new challenges and pursue my dreams as a result of growing and being stretched.”

Based on his positive experience, Schroeder said he would recommend the ASPIRE program to others.

“It’s a quality program that requires discipline and commitment,” he said. “The faculty are very supportive.”

Schroeder said having a bachelor’s degree will impact his life in a positive way because he will receive a job promotion.

“The knowledge and education I received is invaluable to both my private and professional life,” he said.

After graduation, Schroeder plans on celebrating his accomplishment with his family and someday pursuing a master’s in social work.

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-By Elise Wilson



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, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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