Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action
Coming Soon: The 2019 Citizens Academy Class!
The application process for participation in the 2019 Citizens Academy is now closed. Residents who are selected to participate in the program will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, December 28.
The 2019 Citizens Academy will take place every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, beginning Wednesday, January 9 through Wednesday, March 13, 2019. 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
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.
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.
Applications for the 2020 Citizens Academy will be accepted beginning in November 2019, so be sure to check this page at that time and follow us online and in print to apply!