Pedro and Maritza Nieto
“[Ashford’s] commitment to quality is unquestionable, especially toward military families.”
Master Sergeant Pedro Nieto and his wife, Maritza Nieto, live in Palm Bay, Florida with their two daughters. A career soldier in the United States Army, Pedro's adventures in the military have taken him to missions in Haiti, Germany, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Since May 2007, Pedro has worked for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, and his position when we spoke to him was with the Curriculum and Faculty Trainer Programs. He also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator Manager. In addition to raising their daughters, Maritza has been a full-time student and spends much of her time earning volunteer hours for her counseling practice; her plans include seeking a clinical internship.
Both Pedro and Maritza attribute their professional success to the fact that they both earned Bachelor's degrees online from Ashford University. Earning their degrees had always been an important personal goal for both Pedro and Maritza, and a few years ago they decided they could not put this dream off any longer. "After months of searching," Pedro recalls, "Maritza spoke with an Ashford Admissions Counselor and he answered all our questions with confidence and professionalism. Ashford simply had the most attractive and suitable program for us." Today, both husband and wife are Ashford alumni: Maritza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pedro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management.
What does life look like after graduation? Maritza is pursuing her Master of Arts in Counseling at another university, so that she can accomplish her dream of serving as a clinical social worker for either a public school system or the VA hospital. Pedro returned to Ashford and earned his Master of Arts in Education, Education and Public Policy specialization in 2012. His aspiration is to work as an instructor for the US Army ROTC programs or for a public school system.