"I think the best thing that I took away from the Policy Center was that I could meet with professors and get the one-to-one education that really made me be successful. The Policy is blessed with an outstanding faculty."
Andrew Gutierrez attended Duquesne University's Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy as a Peace Corps Fellows student from 2009 to 2011, concentrating on Policy Analysis and Administration.
Andy served in Peace Corps Moldova from 2004 to 2006, where he was an English teacher at a Moldovan High School. He also participated in a great deal of community development work which involved working with community counterparts in order to raise funds for various community projects, most notably a computer lab.
While at Duquesne University, Andy used his fellowship to work with a number of organizations including Pittsburgh Partnership, CareerLink and Jewish Family and Children's Service. Both the Pittsburgh and Partnership and CareerLink provided him the opportunity to participate in the workforce development field. He assisted job seekers with counseling and advice on career paths. He then assisted the clients with the navigation of services, and helped them to enroll in training programs to help them enter into their new careers.
During his last year at Duquesne, he transitioned to Jewish Family and Children's Service and worked in workforce development but focused on refugee and immigrant populations. He interpreted for JFCS clients using his Peace Corps language - Russian- but for the most part he worked with Iraqi and Bhutanese refugees helping them get their first jobs in the USA.
"The best classes I took were with Dr. McIntyre - Community Organizing and Social Movements, Dr. Lew Irwin - Public Policy Analysis, Dr. Mike Irwin - Quantitative Analysis, Dr. Hannah - Correctional Policy, Dr. Stoddard - Policy Implementation and Dr. Rubin - Values, Ethics and Policy. I routinely use the knowledge I gained in these classes in my professional career. "
Since leaving Duquesne University first accepted a full-time position with the Jewish Family and Children's Service-where he completed his final internship. Since then he has used his contacts and connections that he forged while attending Duquesne to gain a position with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as an assistant strategic analyst in the organizing department.