Cesar Chavez Advocacy

What will I learn in this program?

The Labor and Community Studies Department offers a two-year Associate in Arts Degree in Labor and Community Studies.  The program prepares students for transfer to similar programs at four-year colleges and universities and for careers in public interest work.  It teaches students the contributions of working class people to American society, with a special attention to organized labor, immigrants, people of color, women and LGBT people.  It gives a thorough grounding in the rights of employees, including union rights.  It offers specialized instruction in the history and current status of movements for social change and includes classes in organizing, community economics, community arts and political advocacy.  It combines class work with internships and connects students to the broader community of public interest advocates.  The course of study includes instruction in working class history, workplace rights, union and community organizing, economics, politics, art and social change, community advocacy, environmental justice, communications, public relations and organizational development, among others.  Students are advised to seek a four-year degree as the most direct route to good careers in public interest employment.

The Department offers two credit certificate programs, the Cesar Chavez Certificate of Accomplishment in Advocacy Training and the Solidarity Forever/Si Se Puede Advanced Certificate of Accomplishment in Advocacy Training.  These Certificates prepare students for advocacy careers and for lives as active members of their communities.  These programs teach the history of organized labor and social change movements.  They teach students how to organize, communicate and motivate.  They combine class work with public interest internships and connect students with transfer and career opportunities.  The certificates are named for slogans, songs and exemplary individuals from working people’s history. 

The Cesar Chavez Certificate of Accomplishment in Advocacy Training offers students a solid introduction to the field of labor and community studies.  Students study working class history, employment rights advocacy, globalization and labor and labor and the arts.  Through this course work, they lay the foundation for future study and advocacy careers.

What kind of jobs can I expect to get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?

Occupation

Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Community and Social Service Specialists

$20,800

Average Growth

Social and Human Service Assistants

$22,400

Average Growth

Union Staff Person

$40-$60,000

Average Growth

The Cesar Chavez Certificate prepares students for exciting advocacy internships and future educational advancement in the field.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Students are advised to consult with the Labor and Community Studies Department Chair.

Does this program have any special costs?

N/A

How long will it take to complete this program?

Degree/Certificate

Time to Complete*

Associates in Arts in Labor and Community Studies

2 Years

Cesar Chavez Certificate of Accomplishment

1-2 Semesters

Solidarity Forever/Si Se Puede Certificate of Accomplishment

1-2 Semesters

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website: www.ccsf.edu/labr
Department contact information: Evans Campus, (415) 550-4459
Program coordinator information: Bill Shields, Chair; wshields@ccsf.edu