Marla Aguilar

By: Dezaray Barr

Marla Aguilar and her family

Marla Aguilar attended Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) from 1986 to 1987 and audited classes while working at IWU in 1998 to 2001. She studied education, but did not obtain her degree, as she was offered full-time government work. She said, “I decided to attend IWU (then Marion College) after seeing my father’s enthusiasm while he was attaining his Christian Ministry degree there when I was in high school.”

While an IWU student, Aguilar was a recently divorced mom with a three-year-old daughter. She work both on-campus, off-campus in a government role and took classes. While at IWU, she said, “I received spiritual support from many other students, graduates and professors – it helped solidify my belief in God’s goodness.”

Now, Aguilar works for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and she’s been there for the past ten years. “I had worked in the Academic Dean’s office and The Center for Life Calling and Leadership in years past and also worked many years with the USDA Farm Service Agency,” she said. “Working with student programs and career assessments at IWU gave me better insight into the perspectives and challenges of different people planning to enter the workforce, all coming from differing experiences and life situations… In my current job, we help others who are seeking to become self-sufficient or needing to build their knowledge-base through training. I also assist employers who need to get the word out about their job openings and join in discussions on possible solutions for workforce challenges they encounter.  Concern and help for others are important aspects of my Christian life as well.  If we ask God to help show His love and caring, in word and deed, it will help lead others to the ultimate Hope.”



Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a senior Strategic Communication, Journalism and Honors Humanities triple major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. Visit Dez’s website at

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