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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, 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 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.

An artist's rendering of the lobby of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building. There is a welcome desk and a large open area with various tables and seating options. People are sitting and standing throughout.

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 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.

Ecampus alumna Calais Bickford-St. Pierre sits sideways on a long, curved wooden bench. She is looking down at a silver tablet that rests against her knees.

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.

A Peet's Coffee employee pours milk over an iced coffee drink. The Peet's Coffee logo is overlaid across the center of the image.

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.

Geoffrey Wildish sits in a study area on campus with his black laptop open in front of him. Geoffrey is earning a business minor on top of his construction engineering management and innovation management 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.

Todd Van Hess pushes his daughter on a swing that hangs from a tree in their yard.

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.”