Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy

Mission

The mission of the Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy is to provide residents and business owners an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their City's government and services by providing knowledge and encouraging participation in a diverse setting which is conducive to building community.  The Academy is designed to aid and facilitate in bridging the gap between residents and local government. The Academy will serve as a Community Engagement program which will teach the basic roles and functions of municipal government through presentations, tours and activities to educate and engage participants on the many responsibilities of City Council and City Staff.  In the same respect, City leaders and staff will gain valuable knowledge about the priorities and needs of residents and business owners in the City.

Eligibility & Fees

The Academy is free of charge, however, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a current resident or business owner in the City of Watauga
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Commit to attend all sessions and be an engaged participant

Enrollment

Applications for Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy will be accepted from December 1, 2016 through January 15, 2017.  The Academy will be nine (9) weeks long with a class size of no more than 20 participants, to ensure a manageable, engaged and select group.  The goal is to have a class that is as diverse and dynamic as our community!  This will enable the Academy to yield a well informed and knowledgeable pool of graduates from where Board, Committee, and Commission members may be selected to serve. 

  • Letters of acceptance into the Academy will be sent out on January 20, 2017

HOW TO APPLY?

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Classes

Academy participants will meet twice a month at predetermined areas throughout the City on Thursdays for approximately one hour and a half to two hours.  Classes will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  The classes will be held in the evening to facilitate participation for those who work.  Each session will feature presentations from different City leaders and staff representing various departments.  In order for the Academy  to be successful, participants need to attend all scheduled sessions.  Participants may only be absent from one (1)  session, however, the absence must be made up by attending a City Council meeting prior to the end of the Academy.  

Tentative Schedule

  • February 9, 2017-Commencment of Watauga 101-Citizens Academy
  • February 23, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • March 23, 2017
  • April 6, 2017
  • April 20, 2017
  • April 27, 2017
  • May 4, 2017
  • May 15, 2017 (Graduation to be held during Council Meeting)

For more information on please contact the City Secretary's Office at (817) 514.5825.