Student Spotlight: Bridgette Fortner

Bridgette Fortner

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Hometown:Wheatland, NY

Program:MPA, Public Management Emphasis

Undergraduate College & Major:Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with minors in Mathematics and English, The College at Brockport

Expected Graduation Date:May 2016

Current Occupation:Program Registrar, Genesee Country Village & Museum

How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?

I knew I wanted to continue my education by getting a Master's degree once I was finished with undergrad, but I hadn't decided what program to choose.  I had been seriously considering an MPA, and during my senior year I received an email from the Public Administration Department letting me know that I had been automatically accepted into the program. It was a no-brainer from that point on. I loved Brockport and the transition from undergrad to grad school was seamless.

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?

The professors and the variety of classes offered are what I've enjoyed the most. The first class I had was Organizational Behavior with Dr. Prather, and it was so interesting and she was so engaging that I immediately knew I had made the right choice in the MPA program. All of the professors truly care about the subjects they teach, and there's such a wealth of material this program covers that each class brings something different to the table.

What does your job entail?

As the Program Registrar, one of my most important responsibilities is to set up all of the educational field trips that schools take to the GCV&M. I work with teachers to determine what type of program fits best with what their class is learning about and distribute grant money to low-income schools. Another major aspect of this job is handling the online ticket sales and reservations for our special event programs throughout the year. I also coordinate group tours, answer phones, and do write-ups and reports.

What are your future goals?

It's pretty simple: I just hope I'm in a job that I'm passionate about. Right now, there are a bunch of areas that I'm interested in, so it's hard to narrow it down. That's the beauty of the MPA, though—it doesn't pigeonhole you into one specific area. There are a variety of of ways to use this degree, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

Last Updated 8/20/18

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