UCI Division of Continuing Education

Melanie James Completes UCI Public Policy Making Academy

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Melanie James at UCITripepi Smith Business Analyst Melanie James recently completed the Public Policy Making Academy II at University of California Irvine (UCI), Division of Continuing Education, a five-day program stretching over five weeks focusing on providing the basics on public policy and governance issues within local government.

The program consisted of topics or issues that cities deal with on a day-to-day basis including taxes, land-use planning, affordable housing, economic development, transportation, pensions, homelessness, and sober living. Each subject was led by 3-4 experts of each field. Though each subject could entail its own 5-week course, the Public Policy Academy delivered a high-level overview of information to help public servants or interested individuals gain understanding of the laws, practices, process and regulations that are involved in local government.

“Tripepi Smith requires the combination of public policy knowledge with other skills like social media, website development, and graphic design. The course enhanced my existing public policy knowledge, providing a more well-rounded view of the policy and social challenges affecting our client cities,” said Melanie. “It is one thing to be a graphic artist. But it is a totally different level to be a graphic artist who understands local government policy. That is how Tripepi Smith operates on a higher level.”

Melanie JamesThe UCI Public Policy Academy is held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall semesters and welcomes local government employees, individuals interested in local government, and persons running for city elected office. The course is offered in collaboration with the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACCOC).

“Investing in academic resources, such as the UCI Public Policy Making Academy, allows our talent to continue providing excellent service and a competitive advantage to our clients because we live and breathe local government.” said Tripepi Smith President Ryder Smith.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

Established in 1962, UCI Division of Continuing Education has been offering education for adult learners in Orange County for over half a century. Today we maintain over 30,000 enrollments from students worldwide each year and offer hundreds of exciting courses and programs to local, regional and global constituencies.

UCI Division of Continuing Education offers over 60 convenient certificates and specialized studies programs on campus and online designed for the working professional who seeks career advancement and personal enrichment. So if you are trying to start a new career, build a company, or better develop an appreciation of the world around you, UCI Division of Continuing Education has the resources needed to support your undertakings.

About Tripepi Smith

Tripepi Smith is a marketing, technology and public affairs firm located in Orange County, CA. Its clients include for-profit, nonprofit and public agencies throughout the state of California. Its unique mix of marketing and technology prowess provide a competitive advantage for organizations seeking to leverage the Internet to achieve their communication goals. The firm also provides full content creation services, including: ghost writing, collateral development, photography, video production, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, email marketing campaigns and website design and execution. Tripepi Smith clients include: City of Culver City, City of Rolling Hills Estates, City of La Puente, City of Tracy, City of Cupertino, City of Duarte, City of Millbrae, City of Daly City, City of La Cañada Flintridge, City of Fountain Valley, City of Paramount, Rowland Water District, Valley Water Company, California Contract Cities Association, California City Management Foundation, League of California Cities, Institute for Local Government, Renne Public Law Group, Avenu Insights and Analytics, Inland Empire Utilities Agency.