Oregon State Ecampus serves thousands of students in all 50 states and more than 40 countries worldwide. They study full time and part time, work demanding jobs, serve in our nation's military and raise families. Their success stories are a source of inspiration that resonate with anyone who has ever considered finishing or furthering their education.
Here is a small sampling of learners whose stories we feel compelled to share.
A father of two, Ato traded his career as a chemist to pursue one in computer science – and earned his post-bacc degree in one year.
As a mom, wife, chauffeur and professional, Liana successfully juggled all that life threw at her and added another title: college graduate.
Faced with having to decide between a good career and returning to school, Tomas instead finished his OSU degree online from Portland and kept his job.
After a childhood stained by poverty and homelessness, Sarah used her Oregon State education to carve out a path to a better life for her family.
Kim put her college education on hold for 20-plus years to raise two kids and work in the Portland area. Now she has a degree and an even more promising career path.
Often seen with a chainsaw in hand, Dylan was a standout for OSU football. Even better? He graduated in three years with Ecampus helping along the way.
"The Dynamic Beaver Chicks" – April Albers, Sarah Benjamin, Jessica Graziano and Emily Sliman
Four math teachers, separated by thousands of miles worldwide, became better educators and friends for life thanks to their Ecampus master's program.
Being stationed in South Carolina as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy didn't prevent Colby from earning a master's degree in radiation health physics.
A healthy dose of Marine Corps discipline – and a bunch of sticky notes – helped Kate keep focused and graduate magna cum laude.
Erika Busch Peterson
Just when Erika's life couldn't become any more chaotic, she re-enrolled in college. It was the best decision she ever made, and her student award is proof.
The high level of interaction with her Ecampus instructors and classmates reassured Morgan that pursuing a master's degree online was the right decision.
The daughter of migrant farm workers, Noelia was told she would never achieve much in life. Now she's a teacher who helps kids achieve goals of their own.
Teaching is what people in Molly's family do. Earning her master's in mathematics education was a wise investment that has helped her thrive in the family business.