Student Spotlight

Riverside students transition into new careers with help from Brandman

February 10, 2016 by Gustav Deutsch

Students from Brandman’s Riverside campus don’t fit easily into a mold. Some are starting their first degree program straight out of high school. Others are returning to school after a long break. Still others are looking to make the transition to new careers and opportunities. What they’ve all discovered is a university geared to their needs for flexibility, academic credibility and advancement while attending a local campus in Riverside. More videos about Brandman’s multiple campuses can be found here.

Linda Craig: She started looking into the school and I started looking at it with her and I thought wow, this is perfect!

Linda and Morgan Craig, mother and daughter, enrolled at Brandman University’s Riverside campus as a team.

Craig: She helped encourage me to complete my homework!

Morgan is a recent high school grad. Linda works full time but is finally able to earn a degree by taking evening and online classes.

Craig: My mind has been opened up to a whole new world having been here at Brandman and taking these classes.

Flexible class options make it possible for working adults to earn degrees and advance in their careers or launch new ones.

Eldridge Johnson: And Brandman gave me the opportunity to be exposed to that.

After 30 years in the Marines, Eldridge Johnson enrolled in Brandman because of the University’s strong ties with the military. He’s transitioning from Camp Pendleton to the classroom as a new special ed teacher.

Johnson: Brandman’s program is very helpful because they actually expose you to the special education environment.

Many of Brandman’s adult students are looking for new starts. James Pike spent decades training sheriff’s deputies.

James Pike: Twenty-two years with the County of Riverside in public service, I wanted to transition and continue my public service by becoming a teacher.

He says landing a job with a Brandman degree came easily.

Pike: If you go into interviews now; I attend Brandman University, which is a private nonprofit university, it’s not a for-profit university so people look at it and they know that the education is solid, it’s real.

And it’s opening doors for students at all stages of life.

Wanetta Harrington: I am at this place now of reinventing myself so I picked Brandman University as being the one to make that happen.

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