Introduction

Presidio Graduate School is more than an educational institution or a professional network. We’re a vibrant and growing learning community that engages, inspires and challenges students, alumni, and faculty, as well as business, policy, and non-profit leaders to make our world more just, prosperous and sustainable every day.

Our enterprising community network is an exceptional resource. It provides access to a worldwide group of talented professionals across sectors and industries who are at the forefront of the sustainability field and are committed to helping students realize their career goals.

A combination of residential and distance learning instruction means students can participate in the program regardless of where they live and work. It is immersive, yet flexible and allows working students options to earn income while they learn.

Orientation

The program begins with an immersive weekend orientation at NatureBridge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  This location is in the historic Coastal Miwok lands.  It is surrounded by hiking trails, fields of wildflowers, and coastal beaches. Students will engage in a variety of activities to get to know each other, the PGS culture, and get prepared for their first term.

Residencies

The community meets 10 times each year—once per month from August through May — for a four-day “Residency” (Thursday through Sunday). On Saturday evenings during Residency weekends, the school hosts receptions, speakers, and other programs for current students and alumni to attend. These gatherings are not only an opportunity to broaden one’s knowledge of the sustainability community but also to network and collaborate with other Presidians.

Distance Learning

Between intensives, the community engages through online distance-learning technologies, including online class sessions, assignments and activities to apply theory to live situations that support student learning.

Disability Services

Overview

Presidio Graduate School is committed to diversity and inclusion of a diverse student body. PGS provides students with disabilities with reasonable accommodations and services to assist them in accessing the curriculum and school environment. Students with either permanent or temporary disabilities may be eligible for a variety of support services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act, Section 504.

Decisions regarding the accommodations to be provided are made on an individual basis. Accommodations are determined based on collaboration with individual students, documented support needs, and essential functions of the curriculum. Students requesting accommodations should provide verification of disability at least three weeks before the accommodation is needed, which is typically the beginning of the semester. Some services or accommodations may require additional consideration and planning, so it is important for students to plan ahead.

Applying for Accommodation

The first step is to contact the Student Services to make an official request for accommodations. This will initiate an interactive process between the student and PGS.

Accommodations will be determined based on student disclosure, discussion with the Coordinator, and documentation from a trained professional qualified to assess the disabling condition in question. All accommodations are considered on an individual basis.

It is standard practice for schools to require documentation of disabilities when an individual puts the disability at issue. PGS reserves the right to request documentation from a qualified professional of any disability, disabling condition or nature of functional limitations due to the disability, but may choose not to exercise this right in some instances when a disability is readily visible and the student is able to describe the functional limitations. 

The professional writing the letter of documentation should be qualified to diagnose the condition for which the student is requesting accommodations. For example, a chiropractor could not document a learning disability, although the chiropractor might diagnose and recommend accommodations for a physical disability. Please consult with the Coordinator to determine the best individual to document a disability.

Please note that Presidio Graduate School has the right to determine accommodations through a collaborative process with the student. Recommendations from the professional will be taken into consideration but may not necessarily be implemented exactly as stated.

The following may be needed to document a disability:

  • Documentation must reflect the individual’s present achievement level, be as comprehensive as possible, and adequately measure cognitive abilities and academic achievement skills. For assessment of learning or attention disabilities, the achievement test should sample reading, math, and writing. It must include test results for at least the following characteristics: intelligence, vocabulary, reading rate, reading comprehension, spelling, mathematical comprehension, memory, and processing skill.
  • Documentation should state the disability or disabling condition that impacts the student’s academic functioning and the methodology followed to arrive at this determination. This may include but is not limited to tests, assessments and/or clinical information.
  • It is always preferable to have recent documentation. Many students who were tested in elementary and high school have received services throughout their education, and reasonably can be assumed to continue to have a disability. Nonetheless, more current documentation may be requested.
  • Documentation should include the current level of functional limitations. This should include how the disability impacts the student. These limitations should substantiate the student’s request for accommodations. This should include a description of the expected progression or stability of disability.
  • Documentation should include current and past accommodations, services, and applicable medications. This might include adaptive devices, assistive technology, and compensatory strategies.

If there is no documented record of disability but the student feels there is one, the student may pursue an evaluation at his or her own expense. The Coordinator can assist you in finding an appropriate professional to perform an evaluation for a learning disability. However, the Coordinator is not responsible for the quality and nature of any subsequent evaluation.

Records and Privacy

PGS will maintain confidential records relating to academic adjustments and accommodations based upon the student’s disability. The records will include documentation submitted to verify the disability, documentation requests for reasonable accommodations, and correspondence with the Disability Services Coordinator (currently the Director of Professional Development & Career Services). Information will only be released on a need to know basis such as clarify accommodation requests or in the case of grievances. The records are subject to FERPA/HIPAA rules and regulations.

Career Services

Presidio Graduate School supports students and alumni/ae to help them identify and pursue fulfilling, mission-driven careers that are consistent with their values and priorities. Our Career Development office offers a range of programs including career development coaching, workshops, panel presentations, and networking opportunities.

At PGS, career services are integrated into the overall learning experience. Students are challenged in the classroom to build their self-awareness in parallel with their business acumen.

Alumni are engaged in a myriad of industries, with the most common being food systems, business consulting, sustainability, energy, finance, media, and education. Some graduates choose to start their own ventures, while a majority bring a spirit of intrapreneurship to existing organizations. Learn more about what PGS alumni are working on here.

Career Development Services
  • Employment opportunities
  • Support in applying for jobs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships
  • Preparation for job interviews, informational and other
  • Resources and feedback on resume and cover letters
  • Evaluation and negotiation of job offers
  • Support on career pivots
  • Personal brand development and storytelling
  • Networking opportunities
  • Student organizations and personal development
  • Business plan and public agency competitions
  • Connection to professional associations and industry conferences
Experts in Residence

The Experts in Residence program provides access to mentors in a variety of disciplines and industries. These professionals are experienced sustainability practitioners who possess broad professional networks in sustainability.  Each mentor is appointed on a term or year-long basis and they vailable to meet with students during and in between residencies to provide career coaching. 

Career Coaching

Career planning and development workshops are offered regularly to students and alumni. Workshop topics include:

  • Career transitions and informational interviews
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Networking
  • Using social media in your job search
Professional Memberships

Each student enrolled in a degree program receives a membership to Net Impact or American Society of Public Administration, high-profile associations with thousands of socially committed member professionals.

Networking Opportunities

Central to our mission is providing opportunities for networking among students, faculty, staff, board members and our organizational partners. Presidio facilitates networking through community events, showcases, conferences, and introductions to professionals and organizations relevant to individual student career development goals.

Job and Internship Boards

Updated job announcements are continually posted for positions across all sectors and industries and from around the world. Presidio works collaboratively with organizations, such as MBA-Nonprofit Connection, to identify job and career opportunities for our community.