Marc Plooster

About Marc Plooster

Marc Plooster is an Accountant for the County of Ottawa, MI. Prior to joining Ottawa County, he worked for the City of Grand Rapids, MI in multiple roles including as a John H. Logie Fellow. Marc was the Grand Valley State University 2014 Most outstanding Public and Nonprofit Administration Student and earned a double major in political science. Currently Marc is a graduate student at Grand Valley State University and expects to earn his Master of Science in Accounting in December 2017.

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Use a Decision Tree in Your Quest for Answers!

Use a Decision Tree in Your Quest for Answers!

Do I know how to ask questions?  What seems like a rhetorical question at best and an absurd question at worse, I am thinking the answer may be a soft no.  I would like to think I know the grammatical and punctuation rules accompanying written questions, but some may...
Core Democratic Values

Core Democratic Values

Core Democratic Values (CDVs) are the only topic I remember learning in first and second grade.  However, beginning in third grade and beyond, I don’t remember CDVs being as integral to the social studies curriculum.  At the risk of generalizing, the shift of my...
Benefits of Behavioral Logic Trees

Benefits of Behavioral Logic Trees

While reading Phi Kappa Phi’s patterns themed Winter 2015 Forum, I thought about patterns of my own life.  Specifically, I thought about how I develop patterns around my neophobia (neophobia, is the aversion, fear [phobia] of the unfamiliar, new [neo]).  It is...
Social Science Celebrated

Social Science Celebrated

Why are the arts celebrated?  Why are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs heavily supported?  Why are efforts to advance professions successful?  Why DON’T we equally celebrate, support, and have success advancing non-arts humanities and social...
Rekindle Your Career with Legos and a Dream

Rekindle Your Career with Legos and a Dream

Four weeks ago, I was approached with an opportunity some only dream of, and many, myself included, never thought was a possibility.  I met with a Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a small to medium size city, and in essence, I was asked what I can and want to do. ...
Your Career Strategy: Rectangle Boxes

Your Career Strategy: Rectangle Boxes

What you are about to read is more the pilot of a television series than a non-franchise movie.  As a primer, I will begin by asking the question, how does one advance a career in an organization?  I raise this question following two weeks on a new job after staffing...
Dog Brain = Minimal Think

Dog Brain = Minimal Think

“Dog Brain,” or as it was originally presented to me, “Lizard Brain” is acting with minimal thinking.  I switch the name lizard brain to dog brain not as an insult or infringement to the instructor who uses it in his class, but rather to help clarify and solidify the...

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