Applications for the 2023 Citizens Academy are now closed. Selected applicants will be contacted via email by Friday, December 16, 2022 with the 2023 class running from mid-January to mid-March. Check back later for photos and a list of class participants when they graduate!
For those not selected for this year's class, applications for the 2024 Citizens Academy will open in November 2023.
About the Program
Ever wonder why MPD has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how Engineering determines which roads will be repaired each year? Learn all that and more 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 tours of City and County facilities including the Midland County Jail, Water Treatment Plant, Fire Station 1, and more.
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. Each session is held at a different City or County facility, giving participants a true sense of what it's like to work in local government.