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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.

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.

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.

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.”

Ecampus student Michelle Cramer leans against a wooden deck with a forested area in the background.

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.

Eric Vela walks in front of a building with a glass front and white pillars extending diagonally from the ground to a large wood awning.

On a quest for the cure

In December 2014, Eric Vela was hired by Oregon Health Sciences University to help lead a $28 million vaccine program that aims to eliminate HIV from humans. Even though he had 16 years of experience in infectious disease research, Eric needed to enhance his skills as a leader and project manager. So he turned to Oregon State to pursue an MBA in Organizational Leadership, a program that combines online course work with in-person classes in Portland.

Lindsay Andrews stands with her back turned to two computer monitors. She wears a phone headset and smiles with her hands together in front of her.

Behind the scenes with Lindsay Andrews, business academic advisor

“My initial appointment with students is always by phone or video. The first half of that appointment is all about getting to know the student – why they chose OSU, why business, and most importantly, what are the expectations of this degree. That helps me to understand how I may best serve that student,” says business academic advisor Lindsay Andrews.

Yuriy Mikitchenko stands in a large office building with his mouth open slightly while speaking.

Yuriy Mikitchenko, MBA in Organizational Leadership | Oregon State Ecampus

Yuriy Mikitchenko didn’t want to put his promising career on hold in order to pursue his MBA, and Oregon State University made it so that he didn’t have to. OSU’s MBA in Organizational Leadership is a hybrid program that is designed for working professionals, combining the flexibility of online learning with valuable face-to-face, evening classes in Portland

Christine Mosser sits on a blue blanket spread out on the lawn and her bulldog, Chesty, stands next to her.

A shared spotlight, but her time to shine

Christine Mosser took a 20-year break from school. Now she’s back, double majoring in business administration and Spanish online with Ecampus, on the other side of the country. And she does it all while caring for the U.S. Marine Corps mascot. Discover why Christine feels her educational hiatus has prepared her to thrive all these years later.

Kathleen Garney works on homework with a silver laptop open in front of her and multiple books and notebooks open nearby.

New challenge leads to new heights

Kathleen Garney is an operations manager at Boeing, and a desire to improve her career prospects at the Fortune 500 company compelled her to pursue an MBA in Executive Leadership online and in-person with Oregon State. “My career wasn’t stalled, but I wanted to turbocharge it,” she says. Read why Kathleen says the hybrid program complements the professional world.