In urban and suburban centers around the U.S. – and particularly in Northeast Ohio – the topics of economic development, job creation, criminal justice, and social programs are no longer reserved for politicians and academic elites. Instead, these are concepts that have real-world impact on the every-day lives of residents, and people are become increasingly passionate about them.

The coursework for LCCC’s associate of applied science in public administration reflects that passion and focuses on real-world solutions. It was designed in partnership with community leaders and is taught by faculty with more than 60 years’ combined experience in the field. For those currently working in public administration, it may offer work-in-place assignments, credit for work experience, and the possibility of testing out of some classes. For those new to the field and traditional students, it requires an internship for hands-on experience.

Coursework build upon the public administration one-year certificate and covers community collaboration, the assessment of community needs, planning strategies, program development and implementation, budgeting, uses of public and private funding sources, human resources and volunteer management, fundraising, event management, program evaluation strategies and tools, and the history, design, and operation of cities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program may find entry-level or mid-manager employment in city planning, non-profit organizations, community action agencies, human services, criminal justice, health services and other public sector settings. Many go on to further education in urban studies, public administration, public policy, criminal justice, or law.   

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Chase Ritenauer
(440) 366-7234