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How ESCO's Commitment to Higher Education Impacted my Career


June 1, 2018

by Beatriz Moraga

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In 2013 I was an international student at Portland State University (PSU) earning my MBA in Global Supply Chain Management. You may be aware of ESCO’s impactful partnerships with local schools and I’d like to share an example. 

ESCO’s relationship with PSU is largely led by our Chief Operating Officer, Jon Owens, who currently serves on the board of the PSU Business Advisory Council. With Jon serving as an advocate for the school, ESCO is able to give back to our local community and develop a partnership that benefits students and industry alike. I also like that we help students in their search for jobs in the Portland area.

Our company provides financial support to core PSU initiatives, including the School of Business Administration Fund and the NW Science Expo of the PSU Foundation, giving us the opportunity to partner with other donors on programs.

For me, ESCO’s commitment has been a uniquely personal relationship.

Given my international background and heritage growing up in a mining country, Chile, I already had a strong interest in multi-national organizations that worked in manufacturing, specifically mining or forestry. During my time at PSU, I was fortunate to attend a career panel where an ESCO executive told us about ESCO’s global footprint and dedication to engineering, designing and manufacturing the highest-quality mining tools used all over the world. Right then, I knew ESCO would be the place for me.

 
As part of the curriculum for my MBA, we were required to complete a capstone consulting project. Working in small teams, the capstone projects paired us with a sponsoring company that would provide us support to solve a problem for, or to improve, our client company. I was lucky enough to be paired with ESCO.

This ESCO-sponsored capstone project allowed me to complete a four-month initiative to identify global suppliers, and eventually, we reported back to ESCO with our recommended strategies. I was able to work with ESCO employees who became my mentors and exemplified the company’s culture and values. Between the international opportunities and the great people who work here, I knew that ESCO would be able to provide me with the opportunities I was looking for.

After graduating from PSU’s MBA program later that year, I began working full time at ESCO in supply chain demand planning. Today I work primarily with our manufacturing facilities to manage their production and am currently fulfilling a dream of mine by working with a foundry in my home country. I’m very grateful for the opportunities ESCO has provided me, and for their commitment to local schools and higher education. ESCO is the type of organization that gives you opportunities where you can go far and fulfill professional goals.