Simpson University to Host Students for Upward Bound Summer Program

REDDING, Calif.—For the second year, Simpson University is hosting approximately 80 North State high school students for a week as part of the federally funded Upward Bound program overseen by the university in partnership with the University of California, Davis, and College OPTIONS Inc.

The students, from West Valley, Anderson Union, Dunsmuir, and Mount Shasta high schools, will live in residence halls and eat in the dining center June 10-14. This year the Upward Bound summer program will focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) through group projects, presentations, and experiential learning. Students will also be enrolled in online college courses at either Shasta College or College of the Siskiyous.

“The summer program at Simpson University is designed to give the students a taste of college life,” said David Radford, Upward Bound project director for Siskiyou County.

“Living in the dorms is huge. Every student mentioned it was a highlight for them,” he said. “It helps the students build their interpersonal skills and gives them a taste of being responsible for their own schedule, and what to expect when living with someone who is not a family member.”

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Kimberly Rubio, an Upward Bound participant from Mount Shasta High School, talks to KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne about her experience staying on campus during summer 2018.

Students in the program are also enrolled in an online college course and will have 90 minutes each afternoon to work on that, Radford said. “Potentially, a rising ninth grader could earn 18 units of college coursework by the time they graduate high school with the help of Upward Bound,” he said.

Following their week at Simpson, which also includes a hydrology and biology rafting trip and astronomy party at Whiskeytown Lake, the students will spend three weeks working at their high schools with their Upward Bound advisors on their online classes, as well as focusing on other subjects.

During the program’s fifth week, the students will travel to Seattle on a college and cultural excursion road trip.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5 million federal grant to help administer the Upward Bound program for five years to boost higher education success rates among Northern California students.

In September 2018, the university’s Upward Bound program received an additional $160,000 in grant funding for STEAM education and academic excursions.

The supplemental funds went toward the following Siskiyou County Upward Bound projects at Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta high schools:

  • Creating a makers space for engineering and robotics (Dunsmuir)
  • Furnishing an Upward Bound mobile computer lab (Mt. Shasta)
  • Instruction for students to build a website
  • A STEAM-related field trip that included visits to UCLA, USC, CSU Long Beach, and Cal Tech; participation in a Disney Youth Education program; and visits to the Griffith Observatory and the California Science Center in L.A.

Simpson University’s Shasta County Upward Bound programs at Anderson Union and West Valley high schools utilized the funds to collaborate with UC Davis’ Upward Bound programs at the same schools for a STEAM-focused field trip for 80 students. The group visited numerous college campuses and other educational venues, including CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Northridge, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and the Disney Youth Education program.

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“I heard time and time again from many of the students—all of whom are either potential first-generation college students, or from low-income families, or both—that their eyes were opened to the vast array of options for their post-secondary education,” said Mike Martin, Upward Bound director for Shasta County.

Some of the field trip tour guides were specifically selected as former Upward Bound participants, Martin said. “They delivered strong messages to our students about how the support they received through Upward Bound opened doors for them and prepared them for the transition to life at a university,” he said.

At West Valley and Anderson high schools, the grant funds also went toward the purchase of robotics equipment, drones, GoPro cameras, STEAM curriculum, and the creation of work-study positions.

The national Upward Bound program helps high school students from low-income families and families where neither parent has earned a college degree prepare for college entrance.

Related stories:
– Simpson University Hosts 150 Students for Upward Bound Summer Program
– KRCR-TV: Local high school students move on campus, experience college life, thanks to $5M grant

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University School of Nursing Earns No. 8 Ranking

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country and No. 8 in California in RNCareers’ annual ranking.

“We rigorously evaluated 1,892 RN programs on a number of factors important to nursing students, including first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, program offerings, and more,” said Laura Jacobson at RNCareers.org. “We are pleased to announce that in our fourth annual nursing school rankings, Simpson University ranked No. 8 in California and is one of the best nursing schools in the nation with a grade of 96.36 percent.”

RNCareers.org is a team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, RNs and LPNs whose mission is to provide the information “we wish we had when we began our nursing careers,” Jacobson said. “That includes credible nursing school rankings.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was the highest ranked private university in California – and the only one in the top 10.

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Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the School of Nursing has a three-year average of a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. and Canada.

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and former Butte College president, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 205 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

“Many factors contribute to our success, including the creativity, energy, and commitment of dedicated nursing faculty, staff and students,” said Kristie Stephens, dean. “The School of Nursing is both literally and figuratively the ‘head, hands and heart of Jesus Christ committed to serve,’ just as nursing is at the heart of healthcare.”

In addition to its CCNE accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Related stories:
Simpson University Nursing School Ranks No. 12 in California
Simpson University Inducts Nursing Students into Honor Society

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Hosts 1,400 Students for KinderCollege Day

REDDING, Calif. – About 1,400 Shasta County kindergarten students visited the Simpson University campus on May 10 for the 12th annual KinderCollege Day event organized by College OPTIONS.

It was the largest attendance yet for the event, said Lianne Richelieu of College OPTIONS during her morning welcome.

KinderCollege Day features interactive career stations from a variety of organizations and programs, including Dignity Health, the Institute of Technology, Haven Humane, Redding Electric Utility, Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding Fire Department, Tri Counties Bank, and the California Highway Patrol, to name a few.

The goal of KinderCollege Day is to introduce students to the idea of post-high school education and career possibilities early in their academic careers, and to let parents and teachers know it is never too early to discuss those possibilities with children.

Simpson University President Norman Hall gave a rousing welcome to the kindergartners and introduced them to the Simpson Red Hawk mascot.

“Simpson University is Redding’s hometown university,” he said. “We want you to one day come and be a Red Hawk and study in our nursing building, or study engineering, or study to be a businessperson or a lawyer. This is a place where God helps you make dreams come true.”

In addition to College OPTIONS and Simpson University, the event was sponsored by First 5 Shasta, Institute of Technology, Golden Valley Bank, Reach Higher Shasta, TriCounties Bank, The McConnell Foundation, Snow Mountain Natural Spring Water, among others.

For more information on KinderCollege Day or other College OPTIONS events, visit www.collegeoptions.org.

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About College OPTIONS
Providing school- and community-based college awareness and preparation services, College OPTIONS is making a difference in the lives of Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Modoc county students and their families. Visit www.collegeoptions.org for more information.

About Simpson University
Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 12-rankedSchool of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

Weed Resident Earns Simpson University Degree

REDDING, Calif.—Weed resident Eva Escatel-Pimentel knew she needed to complete her bachelor’s degree in order to be more competitive in the job market.

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program offered her a way to accomplish that goal in just a year.

Eva was one of about 130 students who graduated from Simpson University on April 27, including 30 from ASPIRE. ASPIRE, which offers evening and online classes, allows busy adults to complete a bachelor’s degree in 12 to 16 months.

Eva majored in liberal studies, one of four majors offered in ASPIRE. The others are business management, organizational leadership, and psychology. The psychology and organizational leadership programs can also be done online.

“ASPIRE allows you to quickly and efficiently complete your degree and work or take care of your family during the day,” Eva said. “All of the instructors and advisers are helpful and understand the needs of a non-traditional college student.”

Eva attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed after high school and earned an associate’s degree in natural science. She took some time off and began working for the U.S. Postal Service—a job she continued throughout her time in the ASPIRE program.

Managing the demands of home life, work and school was challenging, she said. “Making the drive home from Redding late at night and having to work the next day was hard, but it was worth it in the end,” Eva said.

The most rewarding part of the program, she said, “was being able to learn in a classroom filled with like-minded students in similar stages of life. Even though our class was diverse, I knew that we were all serious about our education and eager to participate.”

ASPIRE’s structure of completing a course every five weeks was also rewarding, Eva noted. “It makes you feel accomplished and like you are progressing quickly.”

As part of the ASPIRE coursework, students take two classes that explore the Bible and world religions. “I learned about the Christian faith from a more academic perspective,” Eva said. “I really enjoyed this aspect of the ASPIRE program and learned a lot.”

Eva chose the liberal studies major to give herself the option of pursuing a teaching credential. “I am hoping to find a more stable and fulfilling career now that I have earned a B.A.,” she said.

Learn more about Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 12-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University to Host 1,400 Students for KinderCollege Day May 10

REDDING, Calif. – More than 1,400 Shasta County kindergarten students are expected to visit the Simpson University campus on Friday, May 10, as part of the annual KinderCollege Day event organized by College OPTIONS.

The goal of KinderCollege Day is to introduce students to the idea of post high school education and career possibilities early in their academic careers, and to let parents and teachers know that it is never too early to discuss those possibilities with children.

KinderCollege Day would not be possible without the support of many local businesses who provide presenters for the event. Kindergarten classes will rotate through interactive career stations from a variety of organizations, including Dignity Health, the Institute of Technology, Haven Humane, Redding Electric Utility, Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding Fire Department, Tri Counties Bank, and the California Highway Patrol, among others.  Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend.

“Shasta County KinderCollege Day is an interactive day filled with engaging presenters that are there to help kindergartners learn more about their profession and the education needed for their career,” said Lianne Richelieu of College OPTIONS.

The event will take place from 9:45 to about 11:30 a.m. and is sponsored by College OPTIONS, First 5 Shasta, Golden Valley Bank, Institute of Technology, Reach Higher Shasta, The McConnell Foundation, Simpson University, Snow Mountain Natural Spring Water and Tri Counties Bank.

For more information on KinderCollege Day, or to learn how your business can get involved, contact Brad Williams, College OPTIONS, at 530-768-5103 or bwilliams@collegeoptions.org.

Providing school and community-based college awareness and preparation services, College OPTIONS is making a difference in the lives of Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Modoc county students and their families. Visit www.collegeoptions.org for more information.

Source: College OPTIONS press release

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 12-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.