Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action

Citizens Academy will be back in 2022!

Out of an abundance of caution and with concern for the health and safety of both residents and staff, the City cancelled the 2021 Citizens Academy program. However, we're hopefully to return in 2022 for our 14th year! 

Applications for the 2022 Citizens Academy will be made available in November 2021. Stay tuned to this page or the City's email newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter channels for updates.

See Your City Government Up-Close & Personal!

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Ever wonder why the police department has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how the Engineering Department determines which roads will be built each year? We'll tell you, during the City's Citizens Academy!

The annual Citizens Academy is a free 10-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is held from mid-January through mid-March each year and takes participants through the various functions of City government The academy also includes a bonus session with Midland County government and presentations from area organizations including Midland Tomorrow and the Midland County Historical Society.

Program Description

Citizens Academy is held on Wednesday nights January through March from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with optional tours at some of the class facilities that can take up to 1 hour.

During the weekly two-hour sessions, participants learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community. Presentations and "behind-the-scenes" facility tours give participants a better understanding of the role local government plays in the quality of life that residents of Midland enjoy.

Sessions and tours are held at various locations throughout the City, including the Law Enforcement Center, the Midland County Jail, City Hall, and more.

Participant Selection

Due to space limitations, Citizens Academy classes are limited in size. Preference is given to those living within Midland's city limits. Citizens who applied in previous years but were not selected are encouraged to apply again!

 To apply for the Citizens Academy program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Midland County (preference given to residents within City limits)
  • Be able to attend classroom-style sessions for 2 hours per week from January to March
  • Have an interest in learning more about your local government!

Contact Community Affairs at 989-837-3307 or via email for more information.