MPA Free Workshops 2018

This article provides information about the free MPA workshops for summer 2018. Workshops focus on The MPA Qualifying Examination, the Capstone, Career Services,  SPSS, Financial Fraud and Worklife balance.


 Students show up for the MPA workshops in the rooms given below.  There is no need to Register for the workshops ahead of time; just show up.

John Jay Careers Online and Networking Skills

  • Tuesday, June 5th.
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Room: L72.23 Career Center Conference room

Description: Learn how to access the Career Center in a proactive way that sets you up for success from the beginning of your academic career and supports you throughout.. Come and learn about our services and how to best utilize the CCPD. Learn also how to succeed in an interview and build networking skills. In this workshop we will discuss the checklist of what to do to prepare for your interview from the moment you get the call to after you have completed the interview.

Instructor: Prof. Jovanny A. Suriel, Ed.M., M.AHe is the Associate Director of Career Services, MPA Careers; Center for Career and Professional Development of John Jay College.  He is also a professor in the department of Public Management.

CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

  • Thursday, June 7th.
  •  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.109

Description: Get a head start on your capstone project by attending this orientation to the course.  This workshop is recommended for students taking the capstone in the next academic year.

Instructor: Dr. Ned Benton, Program Director of MPA-IO.

MPA and Professional Certifications Combined For Career Development

  • Tuesday, June 19th.
  •  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.108

Description: There are many professional certifications that track well with MPA concentrations. An MPA/certification combination provides significant leverage in the job market.  The combination of a graduate degree and a professional certification provides the job-seeker with a strong argument and must be strategically featured in a resume or CV to maximize the potential for employment. This workshop provides information on these certifications, how to get them and how to use them.

Instructor: Kenneth J. Grossberger, MS, MPhil, CPP

Doctoral Candidate: Policy, Oversight, & Administration Specialization Criminal Justice Doctoral Program, CUNY Graduate Center Adjunct Faculty Member Department of Public Management.

Introduction to Non-profit Legal Environment and Board Governance for Public Managers

  • Thursday, June 21st.
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room: NB 1.109

 Description: There are approximately 2 million NFP organizations in the US that account for 6 percent of the national GDP. NFPs play a significant role in American society by undertaking and providing funding for programs that benefit the greater good. This workshop is intended for MPA students interested in not-for-profit management careers who need some appreciation of the legal environment of not-for-profit organizations, aims to impart knowledge about the governance of NFPs and the role of boards, and will cover the following:

  • Are board members essentially advocates and fundraisers?
  • Do board members direct an organization to the extent that staff is unable?
  • What is the proper leadership role for a NFP board?
  • Is a board’s role primarily defined by their need to resolve crisis situations?

Instructor: Prof. Stephen Rolandi. He has significant professional experience in many NFP organizations as a board member and also as a volunteer.


How to use SPSS (Beginning and Intermediate)

  • Monday, July 2nd.
  • 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Room: L2.72.06

Description:  This workshop is designed for those with first and second-level statistics proficiency.  The format for each topic will consist of a brief conceptual introduction that provides relevant details for the process being covered.  The student will then perform specific procedures on a data set to generate an output.  These results will then be used to identify the major aspects of the statistical process.

Instructor:  Prof. Rainer Kroll, PhD

MPAQE Preparation Workshops. . All MPAQE workshops will be held in NB 1.109 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Description:  The MPAQE Workshop will explain the grading instrument, allow students to assess previous exams and scores, and prepare them for the exam.  This workshop is for students who have failed the MPAQE when taken in PAD 700 and for students who need to take the exam for the first time.  At the end of this workshop, the MPAQE will be administered, so there will be an opportunity to pass the test.

It is MANDATORY  for students to attend all four of the intensive MPAQE writing workshops.  Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.

Following is the schedule:

  • Monday, July 9th.  Intensive writing workshop-I
  • Wednesday, July 11th. Intensive writing workshop-II
  • Monday, August 13th.  Intensive writing workshop-III
  • Thursday, August 16th.  Intensive writing workshop-IV

Instructor: Prof. Angelica Mantovani is a John Jay Alumni receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and her Masters in Public Administration- Inspector General.  She worked as a Writing Center tutor for eight years. Currently, she is in her ninth year as an Adjunct with the Public Administration Department.

  Balancing Studies, Family and Career

  • Thursday, August. 23rd.
  •  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Room:  NB 1.109

 Description:  This workshop will have a panel of discussants who will engage participants to share the struggles and challenges they face in order to be successful in their academic plans, have a happy, fulfilled family life, and a successful career, and give guidance and counseling on how to balance these three.  This workshop is aimed at helping students learn some techniques and skills to grapple with these challenging issues. This workshop is recommended for those who are having a stressful time balancing studies, family life and career. We will have some students from MPASA to share their challenges and experiences balancing studies, family and career.

Moderator:  Prof.  Mabel Gomes is a John Jay Alumni in Public Administration. She has been teaching in the department of Public Administration for over 20 years.  She is also currently the MPA Academic Advisor for ACFA.