Klamath Falls Dad Earns Bachelor's Degree
Written by Hollie CongerPrior to starting Oregon State University’s ECampus bachelor’s degree program, Anthony Aguirre of Klamath Falls wasn’t sure how he was going to continue his education. “I am a single parent and this program allowed me to get my bachelor’s without having to leave town,” said Aguirre. The partnership between Klamath Community College (KCC) and Oregon State University was key in helping Aguirre accomplish his goals. “The program allowed me to pursue a dream,” he said.
Aguirre, 42, majored in Agricultural Science with a focus on rangeland management and soil science. His favorite part of the OSU/KCC partnerships has been being able to work with the faculty at KCC and OSU. “They are extremely passionate about agriculture and will do whatever they can to ensure you can succeed,” said Aguirre. “I cannot say enough about how amazing Keeley Moxley, Keith Duren, and Willie Riggs have been in working to help me and the other students succeed.”
Earning his degree began as a personal goal for Aguirre, but it has become a family achievement. “For me, I am setting an example for my girls to not give up on a dream no matter how difficult it may be,” said Aguirre. “They have been my biggest supporters and are very proud of their Dad.”
For Aguirre, completing his degree has also been fundamental for his career goals. “It will allow me to have a career that I am passionate about. Without an agricultural degree, I would never have the opportunity to get in the field,” said Aguirre. “I am planning to find a job with the state of Oregon or with the BLM.”