Graduate Student Incorporates Art and Marketing

Ashlee Dickson Incorporates Art and Marketing

When Ashlee Dickson originally contacted Ohio Christian University, she intended to take a few undergraduate business courses to complement her recently earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She was encouraged to apply for the MBA program and enrolled in her first course in February 2013. That first course called MBA Essentials is designed to provide a strong business foundation to students from any academic background. Ashlee discovered a passion for marketing that “has given me a lot of confidence and provided long-term career goals.”

Through the spring, Ashlee started receiving many advancement opportunities for her career because of her involvement in the MBA program. She received a promotion at her workplace, then an internship offer through an OCU faculty member, and finally a job offer through another MBA student. With all the available choices, Ashlee decided on the latter and joined Rankin Enterprises to assist the small businesses in downtown Circleville in their marketing efforts. Some of her recent projects include working with Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA) in promoting their toy drive and the local theater group Roundtown Players in designing their programs and logos. She was also accepted in January to the Leadership Pickaway Fellows Program.

Ashlee’s cohort, with varying life experiences and strengths, has bonded strongly. Ashlee explained, “We all come from really different backgrounds – art, history, entrepreneurship, accounting at a large organization – which brings good discussion in the classroom.” They have enjoyed their faculty and especially Dr. Debra Grimm, Director of Business Programs (pictured above with Ashlee). Ashlee thought Dr. Grimm’s wide experiences in business as well as the classroom contributed to good classroom discussions and feedback. “The Biblical teaching and values that we learn in discussing business issues are directly related to our leadership at work,” Ashlee reflected.

In October 2013, Ashlee found out that she earned one of the first graduate scholarships due to her top performance in a comprehensive business exam. Her performance on the exam was due to the foundation of the MBA Essentials class that prepared her to do well, having no prior business experience. Now almost through the 20-month MBA program, Ashlee has long-term career goals in continuing her marketing education and eventually becoming an art director.