In 2015, Civic University for Neighborhood Councils held its first non-credit certificate program under the umbrella of the Civic University – Cal State LA Certificated Program that was founded in 2014. The program was created by the Institute along with Cal State LA, and the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The non-credit certificate program in local government, is administered through Cal State LA’s Professional and Global Education (PaGE) office and the Pat Brown Institute.
The Institute’s Civic University for Neighborhood Councils gives people the tools they need to understand local government and become advocates for their neighborhoods and interests. After the successful Civic U 1.0 for neighborhood councils in 2015, the City’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment asked the Pat Brown Institute to come back in 2016 and 2017 to give new cohorts of elected neighborhood councilmembers the introductory and advanced courses.