A year after starting at Intel, he met his wife. They were married about a year later in November 2001. They planned to travel before settling down, but the 2002 arrival of their first child, Gianna, drove Marco to double down on his role as a provider.
“The biggest thing for me is family,” Grijalva says, and it’s clear from the way he speaks about his wife and two children just how true that statement is. He worked hard to grow in the company but soon realized that furthering his education could help him realize a better life for himself and his family. He wanted to make sure he could provide if he were laid off or wanted to pursue another job.
That’s where University of Phoenix (UOPX) enters our story.
Furthering his education
Thinking back to his father, Grijalva decided to take his father’s passion for education to the next level.
“I wanted to do him one better,” Grijalva says, “so I decided to be the first person on both sides of my family to get a graduate degree.”
This was not as straightforward as Grijalva makes it out to be. Around the summer of 2005, it was past the point when Grijalva could enroll at many state universities. He wanted to start sooner rather than later in a degree program that could fit around his two main responsibilities: his job and his family. His son had only recently been born, so it was crucial that he have enough time to care for him while he pursued his studies.
The solution arrived via a Master of Business Administration degree program at University of Phoenix that fit this need perfectly. He was able to speak with a representative immediately and enroll two weeks later. He could fit his class schedule around his family and work obligations, all while pursuing an education that was as invigorating as it was challenging.