Police Officer to OSHA Policy Analyst: Career Upgrades with San Juan College

"All the staff in the Safety Department are outstanding, very knowledgeable in their fields, and provided excellent feedback."
How "Safety and Health Training" Can Transform your Career

Hear from Gary Robertson, a graduate student at San Juan College who shares his thoughts on the latest offering from San Juan, Safety and Health Training: Getting Ready to Train in addition to the Safety Department at San Juan as a whole.

Gary noted that he now works as a Policy Analyst Specialist in Medford, Oregon with the State of Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Why did you choose to go to San Juan College ?

After researching my optional for schools for my desired degree, I found San Juan College. The Occupational Safety Degree program was precisely what I was looking for. I called and spoke to the administrator, and after that conversation, I chose San Juan College.

What did you do or are you doing to prepare for your career?

My career as a Safety Professional started by accident. My first career as a Police Officer set the stage for my current job. I was asked if I wanted to be the Safety Director for a large company due to my investigation skills. I took on the challenge and have since moved into my current position with Oregon OSHA as a Policy Analyst Specialist.

What advice would you give to future graduates?

Going back to school was a big decision for me. It meant working all day and then studying, completing assignments, and reading material. When I made this decision, I knew it would be a sacrifice to not only me but my family. I have pretty much put many things on hold to be true to myself and my mission. I would tell anyone, young or haha, older (like myself), don't let yourself get in your way of doing something you want. I have been out of school for over 30 years but will hopefully graduate in a couple of months with a 4.0 GPA. This will be a milestone for me, and I hope the best for anyone who puts their foot forward and accepts the challenge.

What was your fondest memory at San Juan College?

All the staff in the Safety Department are outstanding, very knowledgeable in their fields, and provided excellent feedback. One professor that stands out to me is Peter Doerfert. Peter as put up with me calling and emailing for a couple of years. Each time he always was very polite and helpful. As a teacher, Peter provided me with a better understanding of the subject. I thought I knew pretty well. Peter provided me with words of encouragement, and always told me I was doing a good job even when it did not feel like it. So for that, I will remember. Thank You!

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