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Lisa Frasieur, OSU Ecampus business administration graduate

Your seat at the table is out there. To claim it, first 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 seated outdoor against a white wall. To her right is her husband. The two are holding a puppy with brown fur, which lays on its back in their arms and looks playful with 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.

An artist's rendering of the lobby of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building

Growing services – online and in Portland

As an increasing number of Portland-area professionals are doing, Maria Sar turned to Oregon State University Ecampus for the opportunity to maintain career stability while pursuing a degree that would yield upward mobility. Even before completing OSU’s hybrid (online/in-person) MBA in Organizational Leadership program, she accepted an offer from Nike to be a global procurement analyst.

Oregon State Ecampus graduate Patric Papabathini, business administration

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.

The first-class ticket to a degree: Oregon State Ecampus

For Calais Bickford-St. Pierre, pursuing a degree online was her passport, and Oregon State University Ecampus was her first-class ticket.

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.

Oregon State, Peet’s Coffee collaborate to give employees a new pathway to a college degree

Oregon State University and Peet’s Coffee today announced the Peetnik Pathway to College Program, a tuition reimbursement plan that gives thousands of the specialty coffee company’s employees access to OSU’s top-ranked online education. The program opens the door to potential life-changing career advancement possibilities for many of the 5,000 Peet’s Coffee workers nationwide – known as Peetniks – who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.

More than a minor

Beginning this summer, OSU’s College of Business and OSU Summer Session are teaming up to offer OSU students the chance to earn a business and entrepreneurship minor in just two summers on campus in Corvallis and online.

Full-time everything? No problem.

Ecampus business administration student Todd Van Hess says what he’s learning in class is already making him a better employee – and in turn, a better prospective leader in the future. “I learn something new every term. I thought I knew all of the answers, but the course work definitely sheds a lot of light on some of the bigger picture items.”

Learning while you earn

A manufacturing engineer for Boeing by day, Michelle Cramer doubles as an engineering management master’s student online with Oregon State University Ecampus, all to gain a better understanding of Boeing’s managerial workings.