The City of Lakeland is offering its 10th Annual Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 23, 2011. The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.
The Citizens Academy program will consist of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions, with one session per month. The program will begin February 23, 2011 and is limited to 25 individuals aged 16 or older. Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis. The first 25 people to sign-up for the class will be given enrollment. Those that sign-up after the cut-off point will be automatically enrolled in the next Citizens Academy class.
2011 Citizens Academy Dates
Lakeland Police Department
Lakeland Fire Department
Public Works & Community Development
Parks & Recreation
The program will include the function of City Departments, explain the relationship between the City Commission and City Administration, allow an overview of the budgetary process and it will provide an outlet for citizen input. The Citizens Academy is an interactive program that is open to anyone interested.
All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program. All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (pizza and soft drinks will be served). During the course, several sessions will meet away from City Hall. There will be maps and directions for each City building or facility that houses a Citizen Academy session.
The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology” at the end of the last session. Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 865/834-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot on the roster.