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Occupy Oakland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Stephen Lam Occupy Oakland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Stephen Lam  

State-funded college now pretty much offering Occupy studies program; register now!

Hey kids! Are you looking to be the next Al Sharpton, or perhaps a leader in the next Occupy-type movement, or even just one of those guys who stands around at protests wearing a Guy Fawkes mask?

If so, The Daily Caller has found the program for you: The community change studies program at Laney College.

Laney is a state-funded, open-enrollment community college located in beautiful Oakland, Calif., America’s seventh-deadliest city (just behind Newark).

The community change studies program – which is accepting applications through August 5 – “combines classroom and on-the-job training to prepare students” for exciting careers in community activism, protesting and general mau-mauing.

The one-year program offers participants paid internships in addition to college credit. The 18 hours of coursework includes “Civic Engagement in Urban Communities,” “Grassroots Knowledge: Community Based Research in Action” and, of course, “Introduction to Ethnic Studies.” There are six classes total; each course is worth three credits.

Every class in the community change studies program qualifies for transfer into the prestigious University of California system as well the Cal State system.

Laney promises that completion of the program will give students “strong backgrounds” for work at nonprofits and in union organizing.

“Our program is committed to fostering the leadership and employment of local residents who want to create social and economic change in their communities,” touts the program’s webpage.

Oakland is nothing if not a storied city when it comes to activism.

In 2011, community activists calling themselves “Occupy Oakland” set up long-term protest encampments, most notably in a plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. There was also an attempt to take over a vacant convention center. City officials said the cost of dealing with protesters and removing the protest sites reached an estimated $2.4 million.