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Toby Long looks off in the distance. As a way to move up at work, Toby earned his business administration bachelor's degree online through Oregon State University Ecampus in 2019.

Learning how to move up at work and get an education

Not long ago, Toby Long constantly found himself trying to schedule work around his school schedule. He loved his job at Dutch Bros, and he wanted to move into a management position, but when it came to attending college on-campus in Sacramento, he just couldn’t get the flexibility he needed to keep moving forward at work. Then Toby found Oregon State Ecampus and its online bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Striking a balance between student and staff sergeant

With a career in the U.S. Air Force, Chris Burke has worked at odd hours, been deployed overseas and mastered the art of balancing a job and raising three children. That’s why when he was looking into online bachelor’s degree programs a few years ago, he searched for one that was both flexible and veteran-friendly. He found Oregon State University, and through OSU Ecampus he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration 100% online.

Hospitality management instructor shares his passion for creating engaging experiences online

Todd Montgomery’s hospitality management courses range from vacation property management to online marketing and reputation management, and with the use of a diverse mix of engaging and interactive content, Todd says his unique methods cultivate a more humanized learning experience and ultimately will lead to a greater return on investment for students.

Persistence pays off for Oregon State Ecampus business ’19 alumna

Twice, Christy Wedding has tried going back to school while her children were younger – but it never quite worked out as planned. This time around, she’s determined to finish with the flexibility and convenience of online classes and support and resources available to students like her who are balancing full-time work and raising a family.

Todd Van Hess, Oregon State Ecampus business administration graduate

Leading by example: Going back to college as a parent

Like all good dads, Todd Van Hess wants the best for his three children. He knows that their best chance to lead successful lives is for them to earn college degrees when the time comes. And like all good dads, Todd knows that if he’s going to hold his kids to a certain standard, he needs to lead by example. Last June, he supplied the best example possible when he walked across a stage at Oregon State University’s annual commencement ceremony and accepted his diploma after earning his degree online through Oregon State Ecampus.

Lisa Frasieur, OSU Ecampus business administration graduate, holds a black tablet in an office-like setting.

Your seat at the table is out there. To claim it, you have to stand up.

Twenty years into her career as an accountant, Lisa Frasieur felt like she was a peg below her peers. Truth be told, she was. “The first time I sat with our auditors, they asked me where I went to school,” she says now. “I didn’t have a degree, and it was embarrassing.”

Hannah Thelen is seated outdoors with her husband to her right. The two are holding a puppy with brown fur, which lays on its back in their arms and looks playful with its mouth open and one front paw in the air.

Up in the air, but laying a strong foundation

Ask most college students and they’ll tell you their future career plans are up in the air. But for Hannah Thelen, her current career is – literally. Hannah is an airborne cryptologic linguist in the United States Air Force. By pairing the extensive skills she gains through her business administration degree with the steadfast determination of serving in the Air Force, she has big plans to work in marketing or accounting for a large Pacific Northwest company that aligns with her passion for the outdoors.

Oregon State Ecampus graduate Patric Papabathini walks forward with a smile on his face and a laptop carried under his left arm. He is wearing a half-sleeve, light blue button-up shirt under a dark blue Nehru collar vest with a handkerchief in the breast pocket.

To climb the ladder, sometimes you zigzag the globe first

The corporate ladder quickly runs out of rungs for many people like Patric Papabathini who haven’t graduated from college. His lack of a degree prevented him from applying for management jobs that he was confident – after four years of working at Microsoft – he could thrive in if only given the chance. The message, however, was loud and clear. “Without a degree, I had no chance,” he says.

Nikki Brown, business and marketing instructor, Oregon State University

Behind the scenes with Nikki Brown, business and marketing instructor

There should have been no doubt that Nikki Brown’s career would revolve around business. Her childhood was marked by one clever business venture after another. From lemonade stands to selling lottery tickets (seriously), she was a one-kid start-up machine. Now she is an expert on marketing and consumer behavior who teaches courses online for Oregon State Ecampus on those very topics.