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05 / 2019 article

Volunteers from Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University Clean up San Diego's Ruffin Canyon


Volunteers from Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) and Ashford University spent Saturday, June 9, restoring Ruffin Canyon in Serra Mesa. Hundreds of employees and their families teamed up with San Diego Canyonlands to pick up trash, remove weeds, mulch and beautify the canyon. 

“This was a great opportunity for Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University to give back to the community where we live and work by donating our time, energy and resources,” said Andrew Clark, chief executive officer at Bridgepoint Education. “Our dedication to enriching lives extends beyond our office walls. The impressive volunteer turnout is a testament to that sentiment as well as to the quality of the individuals we employ.”

Last October, more than 200 San Diego-based Bridgepoint Education, Ashford University and University of the Rockies employees painted John Marshall Elementary School in Chollas Creek. 

“We are very thankful for generous corporations like Bridgepoint Education who have the ability to make a giant impact on the efforts to restore the natural habitats of San Diego canyons, making them a safe and clean place for the neighborhood to enjoy,” said Eric Bowlby, executive director of San Diego Canyonlands.  "This event has really bolstered the efforts of the Ruffin Canyon Friends Group that works hard to take care of the vast open spaces of their neighborhood canyon.”

The mission of San Diego Canyonlands is to promote, protect and restore the natural habitats in San Diego County canyons and creeks by fostering education and ongoing community involvement. 

About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) improves the way individuals learn. By harnessing creativity, knowledge and proprietary technologies, such as Constellation, Thuze and Waypoint Outcomes, Bridgepoint Education has re-engineered the modern student experience with innovative solutions that advance learning. Its accredited institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – embody the contemporary college experience. Ashford University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs while University of the Rockies offers master’s and doctoral degree programs. Both provide progressive online platforms, as well as traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa (Ashford University), and Colorado Springs, Colorado (University of the Rockies). For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.

About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.