Ashford University Helps Military Members Transition into Civilian Life

Career event designed for military service members, veterans and their families

Dozens of military members spent the day at Ashford University’s Sunroad building, receiving career services to help them return to civilian life. The event, dubbed “Operation Career Transition,” was specially designed for service members, veterans and their families in recognition of Military Appreciation Month. It provided attendees with tools, resources and workshops to help service members market themselves to employers.

“One of the biggest challenges veterans face in the return to civilian life is finding and obtaining employment. The services offered at Operation Career Transition are services we already offer Ashford’s existing students and alumni, so we repurposed the materials to fit the military audience,” said Margie Tlapa, associate vice president of corporate relations at Ashford University.  

The event kicked off at 11 a.m. with a “Marketing You!” presentation. Participants then had the option of attending various workshops on resume writing, interviewing and social networking.

The all-day event also included a career fair where military members could learn more about employment opportunities and meet with recruiters from local companies, including Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) which owns Ashford University.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our soldiers,” said Sandy Lehmkuhler, president of Freedom Station, an organization that helps wounded service members transition back to civilian life. “Ashford University provided a stellar team of people and organizations to help guide the service members through their first experience interviewing outside of the military. It has already made such a difference in the morale of our wounded warriors.”


About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.


About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) improves the way individuals learn. By harnessing creativity, knowledge and proprietary technologies, such as Constellation, Thuze and Waypoint Outcomes, Bridgepoint Education has re-engineered the modern student experience with innovative solutions that advance learning. Its accredited institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – embody the contemporary college experience. Ashford University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs while University of the Rockies offers master’s and doctoral degree programs. Both provide progressive online platforms, as well as traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa (Ashford University), and Colorado Springs, Colorado (University of the Rockies). For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.