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Taniah Johnson, a human development family sciences graduate of Oregon State University Ecampus

With her diploma in hand, military sergeant puts self-doubt to rest

Taniah Johnson didn’t think she was smart enough for college. Just the thought of applying to learn online with Oregon State University Ecampus intimidated her. But she had something to prove – to herself and everyone else. Now she’s an Oregon State graduate, active duty in the U.S. Air Force and an aspiring school counselor.

In life’s busiest season, Oregon State Ecampus offers adaptable paths to career success

Anticipating an eventual return to the workforce, stay-at-home mom Heather Reding went searching for an online program that offered practical support and quality coursework in equal measure. She found Oregon State University Ecampus.

Emily Critelli, a student in the Human Development and Family Sciences program, leans against a cement wall with London's Tower Bridge and the River Thames in the background.

If they can do it, so can you

“Studying abroad is a life-changing experience,” says HDFS Ecampus student Emily Critelli. “As a distance student, studying abroad offers you the opportunity to collaborate with peers that you would likely not meet in any other situation. It truly enriches your collegiate experience and contributes to your own personal development.”

Jenny Sasser stands in a long hallway and smiles. She has chin-length grayish brown hair and wears small, round black glasses; a striped button-up shirt; and a beige knit cloche hat with a black brim.

Portland is her classroom

“It isn’t just that a student can participate in the hybrid program without leaving Portland. They can deepen their education by being right in the middle of the city and exploring Portland from a new vantage point while also being a member of the OSU community.” Instructor, blogger, author, self-described gero-punk and long-time Portlander Jenny Sasser is set to explore the human experience at the university’s new location near Pioneer Square through a mixture of classroom and online instruction.

Josie Miranda stands outdoors with her right hand clasped over her left wrist.

Behind the scenes with Josie Miranda, HDFS academic advisor

“As an academic advisor, I guide, support and encourage my students as they move through their program and on to graduation,” says Josie Miranda, HDFS Ecampus academic advisor. “I see my relationship with my students as a partnership. I truly love my job!”

Kathryn Cowsert stands in the Memorial Union quad on the OSU campus smiling with her arms crossed. She wears a white shirt and black blazer.

HDFS Ecampus student launches consulting business to help people with special needs find jobs

“Some of the individuals I work with had never had a job,” says HDFS alumna Kathryn Cowsert. “I get to tell them that not only can they get a job, I will help with each step along the way to ensure they are set up for success.”

Ecampus student Carol Abrogoua, right, poses with Moore Family Center director Emily Ho at the GridIron Chef Contest.

Engaging with campus as an online learner

In fall 2014, Carol Abrogoua enrolled with Oregon State Ecampus to earn a bachelor’s degree online in human development and family sciences. She says the program will allow her to turn a passion for helping others into a fulfilling career.