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Student Public Policy Forum

Student Public Policy Forum

Student Public Policy Trips

Empowering Students for Lifelong Civic Participation with Knowledge, Organizational Skills, Confidence

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process.

What is the Purpose of the Program?

SPPF provides students with learning opportunities that allow them to become educated and involved citizens. Students will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials and those working in the public policy arena. 

No prior political experience is necessary, students from all backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to participate.

SPPF is also a lot of fun! You will make new friends from each of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges who share your passion for making a difference.

Program Components—Fall
Students must register for POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy. This 3 credit hybrid class is transferable to all three state universities and has a SB general education designation. Classes are offered at:

Mesa Community College—Class #43099—Instructor B. Dille

Glendale Community College—Class #43635—Instructor T. Desai

Phoenix College—Class #44189–Instructor I. Genna

Program Components—Spring
Students who successfully complete POS285 in the Fall will be able to apply to the SPPF Spring Academy. The Academy focuses on experiential learning opportunities giving students an up close experience of how government works and culminates with travel to Washington, D.C., where students have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff on higher education issues that matter to them.


1.  Does this Program fit into the Priorities of Maricopa Community Colleges?

The program teaches civic responsibility, which is one category within Maricopa’s mission statement. The district’s Center for Civic Participation oversees the SPPF program and other activities that enhance teaching and learning through the development of civic skills.

2.  How much does the program cost?

The cost of the program are all associated with the Fall POS285 class (Tuition, fees, books).  If selected for the SPPF Spring Academy, the Maricopa Community Colleges covers all costs related to the Washington D.C. trip.

3.  If I'm not studying political science, what can the program offer me?

Successful SPPF program graduates have come from a variety of majors:  Communication, Business, Psychology, and Philosophy, to name just a few.  Regardless of your major, students have obtained valuable skills in the areas of research, program planning, public speaking, networking, and advocacy.  

4.  Why are classes offered only at three of the Maricopa Colleges?

Each of the colleges selected serve as a regional meeting location.  Students are free to select the location that best suits them.

5.  I'm planning to transfer after the fall semester.  Can I still join SPPF?

All students are eligible to enroll in the Fall classes.  To be eligible for the SPPF Academy, students must maintain 6 credit hours within the Maricopa Community Colleges in the Spring.