Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action
Apply Now: Join the 2020 Citizens Academy Class!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Citizens Academy class. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 13, 2019. Applicants 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.
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
About the Program
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.
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.