The Phoenix program at Phoenix College and South Mountain Community College is the local response to create effective local change agents who are able to identify and address the complex issues of injustice and inequality to improve quality of life in under-resourced areas.
The Community Development and Engagement (CDE) program is a 12 credit hour, 2 semester academic and skill-building certificate. The CDE certificate is ideal for those looking for a pathway into community change careers and those looking to enhance their existing public service careers. In addition to the four hybrid classes, the program includes textbooks and a second semester internship at a local nonprofit.
Sponsorship partners include Maricopa Community College District, Phoenix College, and South Mountain Community College providing the academic program and student support services. Native American Connections, the Center for Neighborhood Leadership and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives are providing the community support along with the Community Learning Partnership network. These partners are in the process of bringing together a larger sponsoring committee.
This partnership is unique in that the Maricopa Community College district office, one of the largest community college districts in the country, is taking a lead role in developing the Phoenix site and forging an academic pathway with Arizona State University.
The community partnership of Native American Connections, St. Luke’s Health Initiative and the Center for Neighborhood Leadership uniquely represent major community-based initiatives with a focus on community development.