Castro Achieves Success after Graduating from Ashford University

Ashford University Graduate Finds Job as Coordinator with Tyler's Justice Center for Children

“Success is right in front of you, if you are willing to work hard to achieve it.” So says 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 begin in Ashford’s ASPIRE 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 which 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. 

Castro 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 a child’s 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 to serve a good cause while working full-time. I was hired at Tyler’s the first of February last year, and I couldn’t be happier with my position!” With her extensive course work in organizational management, Castro’s education from Ashford University 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 course offerings, graduates like Ashley Castro have the knowledge and credentials they need to make a difference in their communities.  

To see more Ashford University Student Success Stories, visit www.ashford.edu/campus/profiles. 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas.  The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus.  Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology.  The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutionsIts tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM.  For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.