Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action

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Coming Soon: The 2020 Citizens Academy Class!

The application process for participation in the 2020 Citizens Academy is now closed. Residents who are selected to participate in the program will be notified of their acceptance by December 31, 2019.

The 2020 Citizens Academy will take place every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, beginning Wednesday, January 8 through Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Optional tours are offered after most class sessions, which may add additional time to the session; however, they are not required to attend.

Citizens Academy: Local Government Up Close

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 the Midland Business Alliance and the Midland County Historical Society. 

Program Description

Citizens Academy is held on Wednesday nights 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

How Do I Apply?

Applications for Citizens Academy are accepted only during the November and December prior to the next academy. Notices are sent out via press releases to local media, City newsletter, and the City's social media channels when the application process is open.