According to the informational brochure, the Harrisonburg Citizen Academy is a tuition-free twelve-week, two-hour session per week, program designed to educate residents about Harrisonburg City, Virginia and the services it provides its residents. The Citizen Academy is designed to teach fifteen citizens about thirteen city departments in a twelve-week period.
Classes and learning sessions are taught by City Staff in informal settings. During the classes and after graduation, student participants are “encouraged to take an active role in the community and share what they learn with family and friends.”
The Academy and program is open to up to fifteen City of Harrisonburg residents who are 18 or older and willing to take the time to learn. According to the website, each class begins every autumn and the class for 2010 is already full. Applications are still being accepted for the class of 2011.
Classes are held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (or occasionally a little later) every Thursday evening per week. One Saturday session is also held which includes a complimentary lunch. The classes end one week before the Thanksgiving holidays and all students are provided with a comprehensive syllabus at the beginning of the class.
Participants completing at least nine of twelve classes are awarded graduation honors at a reception on the final evening of the class.
To apply for Harrisonburg’s Citizen Academy, complete the application and return it to Ms. Dickler in person, via mail, fax, or email. Applications are available or online at the address noted above. Each application will have a date and time by which they are to be completed and returned. Class participant acceptance into the program will be confirmed a minimum of two weeks prior to the beginning of classes.
For More Information Contact:
Public Information Oficer
City Manager’s Office
345 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Harrisonburg Citizen Academy Brochure. Harrisonburg City, undated.