CTU Alumni Profile: Justin Gifford
Campus: CTU Online
Graduation Year: 2011
Degree Obtained: BSBA (Business Mgmt) 2009, MBA (Marketing) 2011
Field of Study: Business Management, Marketing
After years of working inside sales for a steel company during the day and doing construction at night, Justin Gifford knew it was time to return to school. By earning his degrees with Colorado Technical University, he is now successful within his field and has more time to spend with his family.
Justin never used to equate education with job levels, salary levels or quality of life. After working two jobs and starting a family, he realized he needed a change and decided going back to school to earn his degree was the right route to take.
Because of Justin’s schedule, he knew he needed a school that was going to be flexible. CTU offered the option of furthering his education without the constraints of traditional brick and mortar institutions. Justin found it refreshing to know that if he was delayed at the airport or had a late night at the office, he could log in to the Virtual Campus when he got home and pick up right where he left off. “Life happens” says Justin, “and I feel that CTU understands that.”
Earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at CTU have shown Justin how important education is – only his home life is a higher priority. Justin is proud of his education and is happy to have obtained a career that affords him the ability to be flexible so he can be there for his family.
Since earning his degrees, Justin feels more self-assured when preparing to launch and execute new projects at work. He knows how to prepare and plan for meetings with executive managements teams and he is able to confidently tackle business goals and formulate solutions.
Life now for Justin means spending time with his family, assisting in a business startup and consulting nonprofit organizations. He also joined his local community board and is happy to apply his knowledge in that field as well.
“Because of Colorado Technical University, I am a respected professional in my field.”