While studying human development and family sciences online through Oregon State Ecampus, Kathryn Cowsert launched her own business, Meraki Consulting. She helps people with special needs find and maintain a job that matches their skills, abilities and interests.
“Some of the individuals I work with had never had a job,” she says. “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.”
In just over a year, Cowsert has helped more than 20 people in the Willamette Valley obtain jobs, ranging from a Little League baseball umpire to a lifeguard, an administrative assistant and a baker.
Like many Ecampus students, Cowsert had to balance the demands of work and school, but she soon found that learning online pushed her to learn the material, engage and interact.
“Oregon State University provided me with the tools and abilities, and I had to come in with the willpower to make my dreams happen,” she says. “So that’s hopefully what I can provide to my clients. I give them the tools, I give them the confidence and the support, and then I give them a little push, and hopefully it leads to them being successful.”
Read more about Kathryn Cowsert here.