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​​Community Planning And Economic Development​

Current Offerings Available for Community Planning And Economic Development: FALL 10

1) Introduction to Community Economic Development (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
Introduction to the theory, history, and practice of community development as an anti-poverty strategy. The course covers neighbourhood development strategies; land-use and real estate development; and business and labor force development strategies to revitalize low-income neighborhoods. The course is also offered as three modules that run concurrently with the full course. Students who prefer to take only one or two modules must enroll separately in each of the desired section(s) as follow.

1A) Neighborhood Development Strategies (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This module introduces students to six major community development methods: real estate, business development, capital formation, import substitution, labor force development, and comprehensive community strategies.

1B) Land-use and Real Estate Development (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This module exposes students to zoning, land planning, and the fundamentals of housing, commercial, and industrial development.

1C) Business and Labor Force Development (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This module compares traditional and contemporary approaches to strengthening the business environment and to creating jobs for low income populations.

2) Introduction to Community Organizing (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course focuses on community organizing — effort by people working together to improve their neighborhoods and cities. The course helps prepare you to become professional organizers, community developers, and effective citizen leaders. It explores the history, theory, and different approaches to grassroots organizing. This course is offered as three modules that run concurrently with the full course. Students who prefer to take only one or two of these modules must enroll separately in each of the desired sections as follows.

3) Introduction to Affordable Housing Development (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
Students will become familiar with affordable housing policies, dilemmas, products, and strategies. Students will also develop a working knowledge of the housing development process, including pre-development and land acquisition phase, housing financing, design/constructions, and to property management issues.

4) School Based Community Development Approaches (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course focuses on critical community development issues in school reform in Los Angeles. The goal is to facilitate the student’s understanding of the relationship between school outcomes and community self-sufficiency. The course is organized to draw on the student’s own experiences, cutting edge policy research, and best practices in school reform organizing.

6) Managing Non-profit Organizations (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course deals with the organizational opportunities and challenges facing directors and managers of public and non-profit agencies and organizations. Students will learn organizational development, financial management and proposal writing, and diversity strategies in management and outreach.

7) Popular Education and Organizing (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course deals with citizen education through service-based organizations and in community organizing. The topics covered in the course are: an examination of current context for service and organizing work in L.A.; a review of current teaching methods and materials used in popular education projects, and development of participatory teaching methods and client generated materials.

9) Commercial Real Estate Development (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
The course teaches the fundamentals of inner city retail and commercial development. Among the competencies learned are: commercial prototypes, retail market analysis, site and financial feasibility, financing, tenant improvements, operating and managing retail centers.

10) Comprehensive Community Violence Prevention Strategies (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
The course prepares students for work in the field of community violence prevention. Students will learn to analyze root causes of youth and community violence and will become familiar with a variety of community development strategies to reverse those conditions. The course will also cover strategies for building community collaborations to engage youth, parents, community organizations, public sector agencies, schools, law enforcement agencies, and businesses in a comprehensive effort to prevent youth and community violence.

11) Professional Development Skills and Issues in Community Development (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
Students will learn to identify and understand a variety of personal and professional management strategies used by professionals in community development corporations, community-organizing networks, community-based organizations, and other non-profit sector organizations. Students will work with faculty to assess their current skills and capacities and to develop a personal and professional development plan to prepare for work as community development professionals.

12) Fundraising Basics for Nonprofit Organizations (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course provides students with a basic understanding of fund development concepts applied to Non-profit organizations. Students will become familiar with the language of fund raising, understand the differences between public and private sector funding. In addition students will learn how to put together proposal plans and learn about approaches that can help organizations achieve their revenue goals.

15) Introduction to the Community Development Industry and Careers (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
Students are introduced to the community and economic development industry, baseline skills required, positions and a basic terminology for the purpose of exploring both a professional and/or academic careers in the field.

17) Leadership development and skill building (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
The course will teach students to define leadership and examine leadership approaches in which all members of society play pivotal roles in improving the quality of life in low-income communities. Students will demonstrate multicultural appreciation and have the confidence to see themselves as community change agents.

18) Career and Education Exploration (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
The course will teach students to define leadership and examine leadership approaches in which all members of society play pivotal roles in improving the quality of life in low-income communities. Students will demonstrate multicultural appreciation and have the confidence to see themselves as community change agents.

22) Strategic Media and Communications for Organizing (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course will help students to become familiar with the current theories and methods used to devise a media campaign to advance a specific agenda and/or redefine the parameters of an issue in the market place of public opinion.

30) Market Research Tools for the Economic Development (3)
3 hours
This course is specifically designed for professionals in community economic development organizations who provide technical assistance to small businesses. This hands-on course will provide professionals with the tools needed to assess client needs and develop and implement effective market research and marketing plans for small businesses.

32) Community Building Principles and Strategies (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course provides students with a basic understanding of community building principles, strategies and tools for community and economic development. The course is taught in a training/workshop format where students work in small groups to apply classroom lessons to the development of community building processes, addressing key neighborhood issues.

33) Community Engagement Principles and Strategies (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course provides students with a basic understanding of community engagement principles, strategies and tools for community and economic development. Students will develop outreach strategies that include planning, networking, canvassing and connecting with local residents.

35) Health Leadership and Community Development (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the health disparities and conditions affecting low-income, inner-city communities and the leadership skills and strategies required to improve them. Students are exposed to different types of community development strategies that incorporate policy development, community organizing and education to change the quality of health services, and resources, directed to low-income communities.

36) Introduction to Applied Community Development Research (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This course provides students with a basic understanding of community-based research principles, tools and strategies. The course is taught in a training/workshop format where students will work in small groups to apply classroom lessons to investigate local community issues, such as transportation, environment and economic health. Topics covered include participatory action research theory and methodology, history of Los Angeles, mobility issues in urban settings, sources and impacts of pollution and income and wealth inequality.

37) Leadership Development: Effective Strategies for Building the Capacity of Individuals (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course is intended for those individuals that want to improve their leadership skills as well as work to build the leadership skills of residents in low-income communities. The course explores different philosophies and approaches to leadership development, roles, responsibilities and application. Students will also learn how to build a base of community leaders using the recruitment, training and retention strategies developed in the course.

38) Developing Social Networks for Community Building (1)
Lecture: 1 hour
The course examines the value of developing social networks in the process of community building. The course examines strategies for collaboration, collective problem solving, identification of neighborhood assets and developing support mechanisms across sectors of development.

39) Prevention Works! A Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool to Improve Communities (1) CSU
Lecture: 1 hour
This course is designed for professionals in community-based organizations. Course will provide students with the tools necessary to frame the debate around resource allocation and help answer a fundamental policy question: what programs or services yield the greatest health benefits? Students in this course will use the cost-benefit analysis tool to evaluate health and personal lifestyle choices, crime prevention, education and job training, and disaster preparedness.

40) Non-Profit Program Design and Development (2)
Lecture: 2 hours
This course guides students to design a program and services that are highly integrated with an organization’s mission, vision and values. Topics included program goals, outcomes, strategies, and objectives. Students will also learn about service delivery, work plan creation, timeline and the similarities of program development with a business plan.

41) Time Management Skills for Community Development Specialists (1)
Lecture: 1 hour
This course teaches participants to set priorities as the first step in learning how to manage time effectively. In addition, participants learn techniques to create a more efficient workplace, including developing strategies for skill improvement with respect to scheduling, analyzing, planning, avoiding procrastination, and handling interruptions.

42) Evaluating Community Based Programs (1)
Lecture: 1 hour
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the principles and purpose of evaluation in community based organizations. This course is taught in a lecture format that infuses real world examples with group work where students will learn about evaluation methods, database management and practical application.

50) Practical Multi-Family/Apartment Management (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course will provide students with an understanding of the necessary legal and practical aspects of apartment management, primarily focusing on building with 8+ units.

52) Fair Housing and Fair Lending (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course covers the history of discrimination, along with federal and state regulations as they pertain to correcting discriminatory lending practices. Students will learn about regulatory agencies and their oversight of financial institutions. (This course is identical to Mortgage Finance 52. Students must complete a petition to officially substitute Mortgage Finance 52 with Community Planning 52 as part of their fulfillment of the requirements for a Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Arts degree in Mortgage Finance.)

61) Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management (3) CSU
Lecture: 3 hours
This course will prepare students to effectively create an emergency preparedness plan in the wake of a natural disaster. Students will analyze current disaster management plans and evaluate previous disaster responses. Topics include, planning, preparing, recovering after a disaster, locating existing resources for disaster relief and emergency preparedness, and dealing with trauma after a disaster.

65) community-based health policy advocacy (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
The course examines the history and results of grassroots health policy campaign efforts that have successfully shifted public consciousness about serious public health issues; how social movements develop and advance. Students will gain understanding about the importance and limits of public participation in policy development and implementation.

70) introduction to small project real estate (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
Students learn how to develop a small-scale residential or mixed-use project (250 to 10,000 square feet). Topics include how to assemble a project team; roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect, engineer, contractor, attorney, and lender; the RFQ and RFP process; hard and soft development costs; an overview of project phases, including planning, preconstruction, and construction budgets; scheduling and the critical path; an overview of municipal agency requirements, including filing permits and the certificate of occupancy; and required insurances. Project based case study method is used. The course will focus on site selection, project finance, design management, construction issues and relevant community development issues of a project.

71) green building basics for developers (2) CSU
Lecture: 2 hours
Green Building Basics for Developers is a non-technical course introducing community development practitioners, small contractors and individuals to the laws, strategies, practices, pros and cons of developing environmentally healthy buildings and projects. Students will learn the basics to plan, develop and guide a sustainable project, and the appropriate delivery system for green building. In order to remain competitive, developers and small businesses must understand the laws, requirements and opportunities related to the new green economy.

72) introduction to low income housing tax credit finance (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This course covers all basic information and the latest developments in the low income housing tax credit program: how the program operates; role of state housing credit agencies; the amount of tax credits and how they provide dollars for housing; raising investment equity through syndication; developers and investors; structuring the ownership of a tax credit project; non-profits, housing authorities, and government agencies as developers; the types of tax credit.

200) Strategic Planning and Management Training for Economic Development Executives (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This is a hands-on course for executives of community economic development organizations who want to learn the fundamentals of strategic business planning, practice their new tools and develop documents for their own organizations. The content of this course is geared towards individuals with 2-3 years of professional experience and whose organizations provide assistance to small businesses.

201) Financial Management Assistance for Small Businesses: for Economic Development Professionals (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This course focuses on developing the knowledge and capacity of individuals working in the community development and small business assistance industry. The course will provide the tools and information necessary to improve the opportunities for small business and community development organizations the ability to be successful, sustainable, apply a business framework with clear benchmarks and outcomes.

202) Effective Human Resources Management for Small Business Assistance Providers (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This course offers executive directors of community economic development organizations the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of strategic human resources management for non-profit organizations. This is a hands-on course in which students get the opportunity and guidance needed to formulate strategies and create specific plans for their own organizations. The content of this course is geared toward individuals with 2-3 years of professional experience and whose organizations provide assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

203) Marketing and Communications Planning for Business Development Organizations (3)
Lecture: 3 hours
This course offers executive directors at community economic development organizations the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of strategic marketing and communications for non-profit organizations. This is a hands on course in which students get the opportunity and guidance needed to formulate strategies and create specific plans for their own organizations. The content of this course is geared toward individuals with 2-3 years of professional experience and whose organizations provide assistance to small businesses.

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