Dallas Citizens' Academy

Dallas Citizens' Academy Overview


The City has been offering the Dallas Citizens' Academy since the spring of 2015. We are now accepting applications for the fall 2016 session.

The Citizens' Academy is free for participants, and is an opportunity to learn about the functions and services of the city government with fellow members of the Dallas community.

For new residents of Dallas, the Academy is a great way to become familiar with the services provided by the city and to meet the staff responsible for providing them. If you are a long-time resident of Dallas, the Academy will give you a fresh perspective on the current issues facing the city. For those who are interested in getting more engaged with the community, the Academy will teach you about volunteer and leadership opportunities.

The sessions are fun and interactive, and will be led by Dallas city staff.

PowerPoint presented at the first session of the Citizens' Academy click here.

Schedule


Each class session will focus on a different topic, which will include: leisure activities, public safety, capital projects and infrastructure, community development and planning, budgeting and finance, and more.

The Academy’s first class session is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 6 - 9pm. Subsequent classes are scheduled every other week, for a total of 6 classes (plus graduation). All classes will be held in the Dallas City Hall Council Chambers. Please follow the link for a course curriculum.

Session
Date/Time
Topic
1
Oct 6 / 6-9 pm
City Management/Leadership; Budgeting and Finance/Community Partners
2
Oct 20 / 6-9 pm
The City’s Infrastructure (water, sewer, transportation)
3
Nov 3 / 6-9 pm
Leisure Activities (library, parks, recreation)
4
Nov 17 / 6-9 pm
Community Development and Urban Planning
5
Dec 1 / 6-9 pm
Fire and EMS
6
Dec 15 / 6-9 pm
Police and Municipal Court
7
Jan 3, 2017 / 7 pm
Graduation

Registration


Apply for the Academy through an online application or complete a fillable pdf application to print and return to City Hall. Make sure to apply early as the class will be limited to 20 participants, but no later than September 25.  Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For questions, please contact the City Manager’s Office 503.831.3502.