Shasta County Woman Celebrates Birthday, Graduation from Simpson University

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Jeanette McBroomeREDDING, Calif. - Jeanette McBroome had multiple reasons for celebrating on Jan. 21. Not only did she celebrate her 52nd birthday, she also received her bachelor’s in organizational leadership from Simpson University’s School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies, ASPIRE degree completion program, during the school’s winter commencement ceremony.

McBroome, an Anderson, Calif., resident, 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.

McBroome first attended college in 1983, where she earned an associate’s degree from Shasta College in Redding. With encouragement from her boss, she decided to return to school and earn her bachelor’s degree.

“I applied to Simpson because the tuition was lower than other colleges that I checked,” she said. “ I also liked that it was an accelerated online program that allowed me to work from home using my own schedule and get through the courses quickly.”

McBroome chose to major in organizational leadership because it fit well her responsibilities as a laboratory supervisor at Mercy Medical Center.

“Earning this degree was a natural progression to my training,” she said. “I also wanted to build on my current leadership abilities by becoming the best leader I could be,” she said.

McBroome started taking ASPIRE courses in the spring of 2015 and was part of a 16-month-long online degree program. She connected with professors and classmates using email, Skype, and Moodle, Simpson’s online learning management system. In addition to organizational leadership, the ASPIRE program offers an online B.A. in psychology.

“I’m a hands-on and visual learner, so attending lectures is not well suited to my learning style,” she said. “I also have a busy and chaotic schedule at work with varying hours and days, so the online course let me work when it was best for me.”

One of the features McBroome liked most about the ASPIRE program was the fast-paced classes.

“Completing one class every five weeks kept things interesting and exciting,” she said. “You didn’t have time to get bored.”

Based on her positive experience, McBroome said she would recommend the program to others.

“The ASPIRE program is great for people who have busy or unpredictable schedules,” she said. “The online courses are great for people who are self-motivated and disciplined. Working online gives you the freedom to do the classwork when it fits your schedule.”

-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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