Alumna finds career happiness

Job provides service opportunity with Habitat for Humanity

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By Anna Crabill

As she headed toward graduation and her future post-college, alumna Corrie Jones knew who she wanted to be her first employer—Owens Corning. Jones had done an internship there and appreciated the company's values and how they shared a passion for her favorite cause—Habitat for Humanity. 

“I chose Owens Corning because they ‘walk the talk’ of their values,”  Jones said. “They support a Habitat for Humanity Build every year with products and volunteer labor.”

During her junior year, she attended the Career EXPO and was determined to prove that she would be an asset to the Owens Corning team. She succeeded and was hired to participate in the company's Supply Chain Leadership Program, which landed her in Amarillo, Texas, as a shift supervisor for over 30 plant employees. 

“Living in Texas my first year out of college was a great experience both personally and professionally. I have never lived that far away from home and didn’t know anyone,” she said.

After completing the two-year program and gaining invaluable leadership experience, Jones advanced to warehouse continuous improvement leader for insulation and is working on projects throughout the Insulation Network at Owens Corning to optimize warehouse efficiencies.

“I achieved my first career goal of completing a Supply Chain Leadership Program and have taken my next career step as a project leader."

Jones graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in supply chain management. She was also an honors student. She credits faculty members in the program for providing her with real-world examples and experiences and helping her formulate career and life goals. 

“My professors taught me necessary business capabilities, fostered my leadership abilities and showed me how vital supply chain is in every company. I visited distribution centers, worked on case studies and attended panel discussions from companies in every business sector." 

During her internship at Owens Corning, she assisted in creating and managing national contracts for all North American plants. She also created market baskets to analyze potential suppliers. 

“My internship with Owens Corning really helped me to connect the dots and apply everything I learned in class to real world experience,” Jones said.

“The supply chain management program helped me understand the basics of supply chain and how everything in business is part of the supply chain—from customer order entry, to manufacturing, to delivery and everything in between." 

As an honors student, Jones was afforded even further opportunities to develop her critical thinking skills and explore her personal values. She participated in a 14-day trip on a Navajo Reserve and volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity Restore. Jones chose to do her honors project on Habitat for Humanity and developed a passion for the organization. She volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity Build every year and continuously supports the organization’s efforts. 

"My experiences as a Falcon will continue to help me succeed in business and in life."