Red Bluff Resident Earns Degree Through ASPIRE With Honors

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REDDING, Calif. – Red Bluff resident, Debbie Towne, recently graduated with her B.A. in Business Management from Simpson University’s Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program.

After working full-time at the Tehama County Department of Education for over 13 years, Towne decided it was time to finish her degree.

“More and more positions require bachelor’s degrees,” said Towne. “There were a few positions within my business that I would have considered applying for, but I needed my degree.”

When her youngest son graduated from high school, Towne enrolled at Simpson. She first learned of the degree-completion program from her daughter, Christine, who earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from the university.

Towne was among 186 graduates at Simpson University’s spring commencement, including 47 from the Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. She graduated with a 3.9 grade-point average making her eligible for Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for students who receive a GPA of 3.8 or higher.

“My daughter also graduated with honors so that was extra motivation for me,” said Towne.

Towne said the process of earning her degree didn’t come without challenges, but the support from the Simpson staff and faculty and her family made it manageable.

“Work was very busy for me during the time I was in ASPIRE and I had to balance that with homework and spending time with my grandkids. I couldn’t have gotten through the program without the support of my family, co-workers, employer, and the Simpson community.”

Towne’s husband, Bob, her children Robert, Christine, and David, and grandkids watched her receive her diploma.

“I’m so relieved to earn my degree,” said Towne. “This was nothing but a great experience.”

Towne plans to advance her career by becoming a certified chief business official and pursue a career in school business.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs includes ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit

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