County offers Citizen’s Academy
Want to take a look at the inner workings of county government?
The 10-week free Guilford County Citizen’s Academy could help.
Classes are weekly from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 9. Graduation is Nov. 21 at a county commissioners meeting.
Commissioners approved the 10-week program in 2011, based on research provided by Democratic Commissioner Kay Cashion. The leadership and orientation sessions are similar to those offered by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and the High Point fire and police departments.
Topics range from public education and budget and taxes to economic development. People who typically attend academies include retirees, business people and others curious about local government. The academy series will be held at various county buildings. Parking is available at each site at no cost.
Academy participants get to see county officials face to face and get to know them better, according to Cashion.
Sessions include presentations and discussions hosted by various county department leaders as well as a general introduction to local government in North Carolina and an overview of the county’s organizational structure, strategic plan and budget.
The academy is open to all county residents. Class size is limited to 25 adults and five high school or college students. Participants are expected to attend eight of the 10 sessions.
Registration: The deadline is Aug. 26. Visit the Citizen’s Academy link on the Guilford County webpage (www.co.guilford.nc.us) under Internal Audit, or call (336) 641-3383.