As North County’s education hub, San Marcos is fueling a workforce pipeline that will strengthen our region for generations to come while demonstrating how the city can collaborate with local institutions to benefit the community.

The City of San Marcos and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) joined forces to launch Democracy in Action, a program that lets students spend a semester working on city projects.

In this community engagement practice, the university contracts with the city in the capacity of consultant. CSUSM faculty and students partner with a local city government to conduct research, gathering qualitative and quantitative data to benefit city projects that are back-logged or need additional attention. 

Faculty and students work closely with city officials to hone their expertise on specific scopes of work; the students provide a polished, final report to the city.  In the process, students learn about city government, attend city council meetings, become more civically engaged, and ideally consider the prospects of working in local government.

Recently Completed Projects

Discover San Marcos Video Project 

Double Peak Challenge 10K Marketing Recommendations

Storm Water Pollution Program