Student Ryan Rotundo Creates Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

MPA@UNC Student Ryan Rotundo

Graduating MPA@UNC student Ryan Rotundo was recently featured by the University for his work creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. 

Below is an excerpt of the story and a link to a related video. 

Following a Lifelong Calling

Like his fellow December Carolina graduates, Ryan Rotundo has put in plenty of long hours learning from lectures, doing group projects and taking tests. But his journey to his degree will require a time investment most students don’t face. To graduate with his class Sunday, Rotundo will make the roughly four-hour drive from his home in the North Carolina mountains to Chapel Hill.

“My ties to Carolina are pretty new, but very deep at the same time,” Rotundo, who lives in Weaverville, just outside of Asheville, said.

Rotundo is set to earn his Master’s in Public Administration from the UNC School of Government, a degree he completed entirely online through MPA@UNC. The online format allowed him to pursue his degree while maintaining his full-time job as a public school teacher, raising a family and starting a new business. Rotundo’s new MPA degree will help him further develop his lifelong passion.

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Published December 15, 2016