Manager of Training and Communications, Financial Aid, Owens Community College
"As a student, I felt comfortable at Owens right away. I was able to build relationships with my professors."
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Ashley Foster grew up in Swanton, Ohio. In 2001, she graduated from Swanton High School. She thought she wanted to be a marine biologist, but there wasn't a program locally.
She started at Owens Community College in the fall of 2001 to try out science classes. She soon realized that science wasn't for her.
As Foster was exploring her options, she worked as a student worker in the admissions department. She discovered that she loved working in an office environment. She decided to double major in office administration and medical office support.
"As a student, I felt comfortable at Owens right away. I was able to build relationships with my professors," said Foster.
As a student worker, Foster guided tours, assembled potential student packets, worked at registration events and college preview nights. The experience she gained proved extremely valuable as she continued her career.
In 2006, she graduated from Owens and began to look for a job. She knew she loved working at Owens and hoped she could find a job there or at least find a job in higher education.
In June 2006, Foster was hired as the Secretary of the Financial Aid Department. Eventually, she was promoted to the Manager of Customer Service and now is the Manager of Training and Communications.
"I never dreamed I would end up working in financial aid when I was in high school, but now I can't imagine myself doing anything else," said Foster.
As Manager of Training and Communications for the newly created Oserve office, she supervises and trains eight students workers. The student workers handle various tasks for the three departments that make up Oserve, including the Office of Student Accounts, Office of the Registrar and Financial Aid. Foster was in charge of training those workers during the transition that combined the departments in order to make the offices more convenient to students.
"I can help our students because I have been in their shoes. I can tell the students that they will be able to find their career path even though it can be scary at times," said Foster.
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