Lancaster – Ashley Van Bibber wants to be a business leader in the area where she grew up.That's one of the reasons she chose to go after the Bachelor's in Applied Management at Ohio University Lancaster.
"I don't plan on moving too far unless it's a really good opportunity," said Van Bibber. "Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a business person."
The 21-year old from Amanda and graduate of Logan Elm High School is majoring in Applied Management and minoring in Psychology. She is carrying a 3.8 grade point average, but she's not sure what kind of business she wants to run yet.
"I have thought about owning my own business," said Van Bibber. "When I was younger, I used to have a big interest in art.I've always thought about owning an art gallery."
No matter what direction Van Bibber decides to go with her business career, she said she knows she will be prepared. The Applied Management program at the Lancaster Campus emphasizes hands-on experience and has students work in the field with area business leaders.
"We get to work with real businesses in the community and apply the things we learn in class to the real world. It's about as real-life experience as you can get in the classroom," said Van Bibber. "It really allows students to be able to apply the concepts we learn in class."
Van Bibber worked on a project with Fairfield County Job and Family Services.She and others in her class helped JFS executives build a leadership training program for the organization.
"I think the BSAM program is hard work. But, I think if you can do this program, I think you're meant to be in the business field," said Van Bibber. "It's not just one of those programs that you float on through. It's real work and takes real effort. You'll be set to find a good job and be really successful."