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17th Annual City Academy Accepting Applications through July 15

Post Date:06/01/2020 9:59 AM

The City of Greensboro is accepting applications for its premier public education program, City Academy, now through July 15. This program, celebrating its 17th year, is designed to develop civic leadership and build a stronger city through well-informed and municipally engaged residents. The program is free for participants.

To apply for the fall 2020 session, visit the City Academy Web page or call the City’s community relations office at 336-373-2723.

City Academy participants get a look behind the scenes into city government through many hands-on activities and learning experiences in various city locations. Class activities include a visit to the police firing range, tours of the Guilford Metro 9-1-1 center, Public Safety Training Facility, Greensboro Transportation Administrative and Maintenance Facility, J. Douglas Galyon Depot, a water treatment facility and interactive activities at various facilities throughout the city. The program also offers two optional elective sessions with the Greensboro Police, providing participants the opportunity to experience hands-on training with firearms training and Crime Scene Investigations, K-9 unit, and more. 

“In a relatively short period, City Academy has helped develop an entire generation of civic leaders in Greensboro,” says City Manager David Parrish. “We have City Academy graduates currently sitting on our boards and commissions and even a current City Council member. This program sets a foundation of understanding of how the City of Greensboro operates and works with our community partners to provide a high quality of life for our residents.”

Classes are held weekly from 5:45-9 pm, from September through November, with graduation scheduled for December 1 during the City Council meeting.

City Academy is open to any resident living within the corporate limits of the City of Greensboro. Thirty residents representing all City Council districts and various backgrounds will be selected for the academy.

The City of Greensboro is committed to inclusion and diversity.  In this experience, it strives strive to create an environment for learning that is reflective of the richness of diversity of the community. 

Selection criteria include:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must attend 80 percent of classes
  • Written statement or desire to participate, included on application
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Preference given to those willing to serve on a City board or commission
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