On a Thursday night in June of 2017, I found myself staring down the barrel of a handgun, aiming at a distant paper target. I had never held a gun before in my life. My range officer had his hand on my shoulder to keep me steady. Peering through the sight, I lined it up and pulled the trigger. It had more resistance than I imagined and the kickback, though minor, sent a shock down my spine.
During a visit to the Johnson & Wales University Providence campus last month, Philip Beekman, the Diplomat in Residence for New England, spoke to a group of students about a career in diplomacy through U.S. Department of State.
In 2017, there were more than five million people across the United States who worked in local government positions, excluding schools and hospitals, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The men and women who run the daily operations of your community—from office and administrative support personnel to police officers, healthcare practitioners, and community leaders—are public administration workers.
Mayor James Diossa was just 27 years old when he was elected mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island—a little city with big problems. At just one square-mile, the city was known for its financial issues (it had declared bankruptcy in 2011), low education standards, high immigrant populations, and the corrupt behavior and eventual arrest of the previous mayor.
As we continue to wind down from the whirlwind experience that was the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle, our collective interest in public sector activities remains incredibly strong. With so many changes occurring within the federal government and daily stories breaking about public organizations and agencies, it truly feels like both an important and enriching time to be associated with (or at least “in the know” about) government in America. Elected officials, top cabinet members, and appointees receive the lion’s share of the spotlight, so they must run the government—right?
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This online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed for students with professional goals related to the management of public service organizations. Students in this program will study leadership, personnel management, policy evaluation, and ethical governance practices. This online program links theory, policy, and practice, giving students the opportunity to learn and utilize skills required for leadership positions in both the public and third sectors.