"The POCO program afforded me a lot of unique opportunities at
O.U. It gave me the chance to focus my studies, take part in a
variety of events, and build a strong academic and professional
background. Now living and working in the nation's capital, I'm
putting POCO to use in the real world" (2005). Jennifer Herrick is a
2004 graduate working as a legislative associate in the Public
Policy Department for People for the American Way.
Natalie is a 2004 graduate who started her career in Congressman
Dennis J. Kucinich, representing Ohio's 10th District, office on the
Hill. Natalie was promoted to Press Secretary for Congressman
Kucinich, a position she held until late in 2007. Natalie is currently
the Communications and Outreach Manger for The Equal Rights
Center, a non-profit organization that works mostly on housing
issues for minorities and people with disabilities.
"Oprah Winfrey once said, 'luck is a matter of preparation meeting
opportunity.' What the POCO program does is gives us the
preparation we need for the opportunities we will receive with a
degree. I would say that the Political Communication Certificate
Program goes beyond its title and teaches/enhances our
communication skills for everyday life in general" (2006). Erick, a
2005 graduate, is a Dean of Students and a Teaching Fellow in
New York City.
"The benefit from the POCO program is two-fold. As a voter I have
gained insight into campaign strategies which help me make
informed decisions. As a public relations professional, I gained
confidence in my ability to communicate in political
arenas" (2007). Kevin, a 2006 graduate, is a Senior Public
Relations Associate for Cleveland Clinic.
If you would like your name added to our alumni list (or if you have information that needs to change), please contact the Political Communication