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Public Policy Making Academy


Association of California Cities Orange CountyIn today's demanding political environment, along with the myriad of demands on civic leaders’ time and attention, municipal elected officials are often challenged to acquire the depth of information required to become a well-informed civic servant. Many civic leaders were elected based on a single topic or issue that they may know about, only to find themselves launched into an environment in which they are expected to have a depth of knowledge in a variety of complex, public policy and governance issues.

Offered in collaboration with the Association of California Cities, Orange County (ACC-OC), Public Policy Making Academy provides the learning needed to become adept at public policy making in key city and regional government areas. This is a dynamic program focusing on the basic knowledge and skills needed to assume the role of a city elected official. Fundamentals of city governance and finance at the local and state level, and municipal service delivery at the local and regional level will be explored. Some of the most complex issues city elected officials will engage in, including labor negotiations and service delivery models, will also be discussed. The program will also serve as an introductory course for individuals interested in local government policy making, and those interested in running for city elected office. University students and local government employees are also encouraged to enroll.

Who Should Enroll

This program is targeted to city elected officials, specifically new city elected officials, or those interested in increasing their depth of knowledge on local government public policy. The course is also designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in running for city council, as well as individuals interested in learning more about the field of city public policy making.

Program Benefits

  • Acquire a depth of knowledge in a variety of complex, public policy and governance issues to become a well-informed civic servant
  • Learn firsthand from practitioners working in the areas of municipal finance, land use, housing, transportation, and economic development

Program graduate, Michelle Schuetz, talks about how this program will help her become a more informed and successful leader in the community.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MISC 900.27
Public Policy Making Academy I
MISC 900.27
to be scheduled      
MISC 900.27 OR MISC 900.25

MISC 900.27 OR MISC 900.25
MISC 900.25
Public Policy Making Academy II
MISC 900.25

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.