School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Izabela Portka MPA '02

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Linda Likely Izabela Portka monitors OSHA's policy issuance process. She participates in creating new policies regarding administrative issues such as human resources management. She also reviews and comments on draft policies for workplace safety standards, enforcement programs, strategic partnerships, and others.

"I am an April 2002 graduate who came from Poland originally to study at Grand Valley State University. Thanks to the graduate assistantship I received from the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, I had the opportunity to participate in the Masters of Public Administration program. What I value most about the MPA program and my professors is that the learning was very much hands-on. We discussed and studied cases that we were directly involved in, read and wrote about things we could directly relate to, and had a chance to voice our opinions and hear others. This 'human interaction' was a very important aspect of my studies; it prepared me more than books for the real-life situations where communication, cooperation, and understanding of common goals are very important."

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