City University has exhausted all funds for FY16-17. We are no longer accepting enrollments for courses that begin prior to July 1, 2017. You may continue submitting requests for classes that begin in FY17-18. 

Investing in the City & County's Workforce

In May 2005, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) created City University (CU) to ensure that San Francisco has the most educated and highly trained local government workforce. Through CU, the City funds a variety of courses taken at San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning, San Francisco City College, and UC Berkeley Extension. In addition, the City collaborates with these partners to provide customized training programs to address the specific needs of City departments.

Vision of City University

To ensure San Francisco has a government workforce that is educated, trained and prepared to provide quality services to its citizens now and into the future.

Mission of City University

A partnership between the City, educational institutions, labor organizations, business, and philanthropic communities, to provide learning opportunities for City employees in an effort to produce high quality City services, improve performance, and satisfy employees.

Goals of City University

  • Provide career ladders for City employees
  • Provide skill building opportunities for City employees
  • Provide professional development opportunities for City employees
  • Provide learning opportunities to assist workforce planning and succession planning programs
  • Provide learning opportunities to address jobs that are difficult to fill due to a shortage of qualified candidates and competition with the private sector and other jurisdictions
  • Provide opportunities for City employees to learn new skills in a changing work environment

City University funds skills building and professional development classes that will allow an employee to:

  • Learn new ways to do tasks
  • Learn new skills applicable to your work for the City
  • Learn new ways to improve overall success and efficiency
  • Gain new computer skills or improving computer skills
  • Practice these skills over an extended period of time
  • Meet employees from other City departments
  • Meet professionals from other professions

City University Partnerships:

City University Affiliates:

  • AcademyX : Looking for hands-on computer training? Check out City University affiliate, AcademyX. AcademyX provides hands-on, instructor-led computer training in San Francisco. They can also arrange private training courses for your department. AcademyX offers discounted rates for CCSF employees and is an approved City vendor. Click here for more information.
  • Cañada College for Working Adults : The Cañada College for Working Adults, named one of California’s top 25 Community Colleges, allows you to earn three Associate of Arts degrees and complete all GE/transfer requirements by attending classes only one night per week and every other Saturday. Class registration is guaranteed and the cost is only $46 per unit. New cohorts begin every semester. Click here for more information.
  • Golden Gate University : GGU is a private, nonprofit university located in the Financial District of downtown San Francisco. The university specializes in educating professionals through its schools of law, business, taxation, and accounting. They offer an associate degree, two undergraduate degrees with eight concentrations, and 15 graduate degrees with 24 concentrations, including pubic administration. GGU has committed to waiving the application fee and offers a 10% tuition discount for City employees.
    GGU is holding information sessions for their Public Administration programs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission! Download the flyer for more info.

For additional information, contact

Department of Human Resources Workforce Development