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June 12, 2017 – The County of Nevada is now accepting applications for our Citizen’s Academy, which offers a behind the scenes look at County Government. Citizen’s Academy provides insight into the array of services that help support a healthy, safe and vibrant community. Participants will have a chance to learn about the wide variety of services, tour various county facilities, and meet the dedicated employees who provide the services.

Where
Citizen’s Academy will take place at various locations in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Some classes will take place at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, but participants will also have the opportunity to tour other County Facilities such as the Jail, the Airport, and the new Brighton Greens Resource Center.

When
Citizen’s Academy takes place on consecutive Monday evenings (excluding holidays) between September 11th and November 20th.

​September 11th​Introduction to County Government
​September 18th​Information and General Services, & Emergency Services
​September 25th​County Finance
​October 2nd​Community Development Agency, & Public Works
​October 16th​Public Safety
​October 23rd​Information and General Services, & Library
​October 30th​Behavioral & Public Health
​November 6th​Health & Human Services
​November 13th​Probation, Public Defender, & District Attorney
​November 20th​Board of Supervisors, & Graduation

Why
The goal of Citizen’s Academy is to increase civic engagement and acquaint community leaders with the various functions of County Government. This is the fourth offering of this academy, and past participants have found the experience useful in improving their effectiveness in the community. Comments received from previous participants include:

“I gained a valuable understanding of the scope of county services, as well as insight into the complex budgeting process. I came away with a tremendous respect for the expertise of our county employees and officials.” – Susan Meagher, Citizen’s Academy Graduate.

“I met various capable employees and department heads behind the County’s operations and was impressed by the collaboration I saw between the many County departments.” – Tom Cross, Citizen’s Academy Graduate.

Applications are due June 30th.  Find an application here.