"I had several teachers who sincerely wanted to help me as a student, and I had several classes that taught me things I use in my career today."
"Success is right in front of you, if you are willing to work hard to achieve it." So says recent Ashford University graduate Ashley Castro, of Savanna, IL. When starting her college studies, she was a new mother, working afternoons and evenings, so she chose to start out in Ashford's former adult accelerated program, taking evening classes one night a week on Ashford's campus in Clinton, IA. Castro found Ashford to be "the only place around that provided a highly accessible education that fit perfectly into my lifestyle." Then she switched over to Ashford's online degree program. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management degree and graduated with honors in December 2007.
She scored an early victory very soon after graduation, landing a job as a coordinator with Tyler's Justice Center for Children. Tyler's is a non-profit organization that works with children and their families during times of crisis. Their mission is to lessen child victims' trauma by providing services to victims of abuse. Her job involves coordinating interviews on behalf of a multi-disciplinary team, tracking cases, and maintaining contact with families for the length of their cases. "Right away this sparked my interest, because I have a long history of working in social-service organizations," Castro reports. "I love the idea that I can be helping a good cause while working full-time. I was hired at Tyler's the first of February, and I couldn't be happier with my position!" With her extensive courses in organizational management, Castro's education from Ashford proved critical in finding a good job, fast.
"The experience I had with Ashford has been completely positive," she says. "I had several teachers who sincerely wanted to help me as a student, and I had several classes that taught me things I use in my career today." Castro is just one of the many hundreds of Ashford graduates who have achieved success in their careers after completing their degrees through Ashford University. Thanks to Ashford's affordable, accelerated, and convenient courses offerings, graduates like Ashley Castro have the knowledge and credentials they need to make a difference in their community.