Keith Volsky Keith Volsky
Keith Volsky is a member of Marist's online MPA Class of 2015. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Siena College where he also holds a Facilities Management position.
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions.
I have worked in the Facilities Management industry for over 20 years, which has encompassed a wide range of roles and responsibilities. I have worked on everything from serving on the Commencement Committee to creating operational plans for snow removal and other critical incident type events. The Facilities Management industry covers such a broad spectrum of work and I enjoy the diversity it brings.
What are your career goals?
I would like to work in a position that builds on my current strengths and interests as well allowing for development in areas I am less familiar with. Being able to serve others, add value to an organization and building team capacity are all components of my career aspirations.
Working in so many different roles and capacities as well as enhancing my education through Marist’s MPA program will allow me to meet the challenges ahead. I would like to continue working in a non-profit higher educational environment, either in administration or academics.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
I had looked for an MBA or MPA program that met my needs as a working professional for quite some time before finding the Marist MPA program. After attending the information session, I liked the curriculum presentation and the variety of class formats offered.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.
I took a class called Program Planning and Evaluation. As part of the course, we were required to find an organization or program in our community that we could assess and use as part of the class project. I chose a local homeless shelter which also offered outreach services to those less fortunate. Making those connections and applying class concepts to a real-world situation was a great way to enhance the educational experience.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
Almost every class I have taken has real-world implications and has helped me in a variety of ways. I would point to the Human Resource Management class as being particularly helpful in understanding strategic human resource efforts and how organizations can add value by recruiting/retaining a diverse and talented workforce. The class had real value for me, especially as I have been able to apply the course concepts to aspects of my work. I work closely with our Human Resource Department on a number of projects as well as serve on search committees and this class covered many of the topics/concepts that exist in large organizations.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
Look at many MBA/MPA programs before you decide if the Marist MPA program is the right one for you. I’m confident that regardless of your career aspirations, you will find Marist to be a top educational value. The MPA concentrations also allow for the program you choose to be tailored to your specific career goals.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?
Initially, I was cautious about taking the online classes at Marist. I can now say that I find Marist’s educational platform to be outstanding. In many ways, it replicates the classroom experience. Being able to take online classes and do homework later in the evenings has really helped with my work/life/school schedule!
Please feel free to provide additional comments.
I have found the classes to meet and exceed my original expectations in terms of content and educational experience. The interesting thing about the online program, in particular, is that each class ‘feels’ different - much like a traditional classroom would. Different professors, different teaching styles, and formats make each class unique and invigorating.
I would recommend anyone contemplating enrolling in the program to reach out to an alum of the program. I’m confident they will find that the program was helpful for them from both a personal and professional perspective.
Socially, I find the online participation with classmates to be far more rewarding when compared to a traditional classroom. Participation is both expected and required, so engagement with classmates and the professor provides a more valuable educational experience.
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Major: MPA - Public Administration
Academic School: Management