Plano Citizens Academy
What is Plano Citizens Government Academy?
Citizens Academy allows Plano residents to experience a year in the life of their city. The twelve month program highlights a variety of departments, programs and services, and visits a number of city-owned facilities. Residents will learn the basic roles and functions of municipal government through in-person simulations, tours and activities, as well as face-to-face meetings with various city departments. Citizens Academy is a great way to learn more about the responsibilities of city staff and the role of Plano City Council throughout the year.
How to Enroll
Applications for Plano Citizens Government Academy are accepted August 1 through September 1. An application form link is available on this page during the enrollment period.
In order to allow for maximum engagement, the program only accepts 40 participants each year. Citizens Academy members are a diverse and dynamic group, reflecting the community in which we live. The selection process will be mindful of applicants also interested in pursuing the other City of Plano Academies: Fire, Police and Neighborhood Leadership.
Acceptance letters are sent out on in late September, along with the program itinerary, class schedule, and expectations.
What to Expect
Each month we meet in predetermined areas in the city for class. Depending on the subject matter, class time is an hour and a half to two hours. Most classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two classes will meet on Saturday mornings.
Please review the class schedule below prior to applying. Class members cannot miss more than three (3) classes in order to graduate from Plano Citizens Government Academy.
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OCT 2 | Introduction Class
OCT 9 | Parks and Recreation
NOV 13 | Plano Fire-Rescue
DEC 11 | Economic Development and Planning
JAN 8 | Neighborhood Services and Budget
FEB 12 | Plano Emergency Management
MARCH 12 | Sustainability and Environmental Education Department | Animal Services
APRIL 27 | Love Where You Live
MAY 14 | Plano Police
JUNE 11 | Plano 911 and Engineering
JULY 27 | Library
AUG 22 | Boards and Commissions Reception
SEPT 9 | Volunteers In Plano and Graduation