Lancaster – For 10 years, former Ohio University Lancaster student Randy Kuyoth was working in an hourly sales position at Jegs Automotive. He did not know if he would ever get the promotion or career he wanted. But, after graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Management last June, everything changed.
"I was just promoted to an assistant buyer position at Jegs Automotive from my position as a retail sales person," said Kuyoth. "Along with my promotion, I am being tasked to work on special projects. I've gone from an hourly sales position at a retail store to a salaried position at corporate. I am incredibly excited."
Kuyoth credits the promotion to the knowledge and hands-on experience he gained while in the Applied Management program at Ohio University Lancaster.Kuyoth said the program's advisor, Professor Brian Hoyt, changed the way he approached business.
"I have developed the ability to work in small groups, and I realize the importance of efficient and effective communication," said Kuyoth. "Professor Hoyt has pushed me to develop incredible research skills and to look at information critically while searching for confirmation of principals and ideas. I can develop training manuals. I also have a critical eye for advertising, image projection and message."
Kuyoth was part of the first graduating class of Applied Management majors at the Lancaster Campus. He said the program is different than other management degree programs because Professor Hoyt requires students to work with businesses in the community and get hands-on experience.
"Students are working in project groups, helping local companies and organizations become efficient and effective," said Kuyoth. "We are getting real-world experience with our education. There is also a sense of great pride, not only in working and applying the material, but knowing we are helping others along the way."
Kuyoth said he plans to take what he learned in the Applied Management program and apply it in his new position. He said being an Applied Management graduate has given him confidence that he never had before.
"In my new position, I am working on several different projects at once, along with my primary role of assisting the purchasing department," said Kuyoth. "After my time in the program at OUL, I have found a hunger for knowledge that I never realized existed."