News Release: 14th Annual City Academy Accepting Applications through July 1

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CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Donna Gray
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-2723

14th Annual City Academy Accepting Applications through July 1

GREENSBORO, NC (May 18, 2017) – The City of Greensboro is accepting applications for its premier public education program, City Academy, now through July 1. This program, celebrating its 14th year, is designed to develop civic leadership and build a stronger city through well-informed and municipally engaged residents. The program is free for participants.

Classes are held weekly from 5:45-9 pm, from September through November, with graduation scheduled for November 21 during the City Council meeting. The program also offers two optional elective sessions with the Greensboro Police, providing participants the opportunity to experience hands-on training with firearms training and Driving While Impaired (DWI) simulators, K-9 unit, and more.

City Academy participants get a look behind the scenes into city government through many hands-on activities and learning experiences in various city locations. “We are pleased to offer this program to develop Greensboro’s civic leaders,” says City Manager Jim Westmoreland. “City Academy helps Greensboro residents get ready for public service like our boards and commissions and other city volunteer opportunities. This program helps establish relationships to better acquaint residents with staff and departments to increase the quality of life throughout our community.”

City Academy is open to any resident living within the corporate limits of the City of Greensboro. Twenty-five residents representing all City Council districts and various backgrounds will be selected for the academy. Efforts will be made to select individuals who represent diverse groups (race, religion, age, education, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). Other selection criteria include:

* 18 years of age or older
* Must attend 80 percent of classes
* Written statement or desire to participate, included on application
* Preference given to those willing to serve on a board or commission
Class activities include a visit to the police firing range, tours of the Guilford Metro 9-1-1 center, Public Safety Training Facility, Greensboro Transportation Operations & Maintenance Facility,
J. Douglas Galyon Depot, and interactive activities at various facilities throughout the city.

To apply for the fall 2017 session, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/cityacademy or call the City’s community relations office at 336-373-2723.

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Jake Keys, Communications Manager
Communications and Marketing Department
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-2105
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
www.greensboro-nc.gov

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