General Info > News Releases > Archived Releases 2006-07 > 2006-10-11: Back Home From a Tour of Duty

News Release - October 10, 2006

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact:     Ross Beck, Director of Public Information & Marketing
        T: 707-468-3012, Fax: 707-468-3008, Email:

File: NR-Student-Duty Tour

Women Today: Back Home From A Tour of Duty

Lakeport, CA – Glad to be back home again in the relative peace and quiet of rural Lake County, Mendocino College student Ashley Pilger now spends her time studying class notes and textbooks instead of thinking about her recent life serving her country as a heavy equipment operator in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Born in Ukiah and raised along the north shore in Lake County, Ashley graduated at age sixteen from Upper Lake High School, joined the Army Reserves and was called to active duty in 2001 after finishing one semester at Mendocino College. She recently resumed her college education after completing two 1-year overseas tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq where she repaired bombed airstrips and worked in other major reconstruction projects in the Middle East.

Still in the reserves, Ashley has returned to the local community college to complete general education requirements to transfer to a four-year college or university. She sees Mendocino College as a supportive and friendly place where she can explore various interests before committing to a college major. Ashley has already succeeded in a variety of subjects, taking a full load of classes in mathematics, English, health, Spanish and more, emphasizing child development and business.

“Her experiences overseas gave Ashley a lot to think about,” says Mendocino College Counselor Shannon McCulley. “Ashley has done well in everything she’s attempted here at the college and she is capable of completing any degree she chooses. And, as Ashley knows, once you have an education, it can’t ever be taken away. That’s something every young woman today should remember,” McCulley adds.

More than half the students enrolled at Mendocino College are women and they are taking the opportunity to access affordable higher education in a community college close to home as a way to improve their future and remain strong and competitive in today’s ever-changing workplace. Even though Ashley now has an impressive work record of experiences from her time in the service, she still believes that additional college training and experience will be of benefit in the future.

“I always tell my friends and family to live for today but keep tomorrow in mind, so you should always further your education,” Ashley concludes.


Created: October 11, 2006 @ 07:56 AM
Last Modified: October 11, 2006 @ 07:56 AM


  Copyright © 2001 - 2010     Mendocino College is not responsible for third party content.