Citizens Academy

To apply for the 2018 Burlington Citizens Academy click here to submit online.

Have you ever wondered how the City functions behind the scenes? Have you ever asked yourself what happens to water when it goes down the drain, or where the water from your faucet comes from? Do you wonder how the Engineering Department prioritizes street repairs, or how Planning and Zoning reviews new developments? We’ll tell you, during the Burlington Citizens Academy!

This free eight-week series of classes is designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is held from mid-February through mid-April and takes participants through the various function of City government. 

Burlington Citizens Academy is a great opportunity for participants to learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community. Sessions, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, will start with an introduction to City government and conclude with graduation at the April 2nd City Council meeting.  Participants will learn the basics of City government as well as dig deeper in the details such as budget planning, wastewater treatment, and development review. 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 Burlington enjoy.

Sessions and tours are held at various locations throughout the City, including the Fire Department, Public Works, Wastewater Treatment Plant, City Hall and more.

Due to space limitations, Burlington Citizens Academy classes are limited in size.  The Academy has a residency requirement, attendance commitment, and photo release and risk waiver.  Exceptions to the residency requirement may be considered.

Citizens Academy Schedule
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