Plano Citizens Academy


To allow Plano residents to experience a year within the life cycle of the city. The twelve month program will highlight a variety of programs, facilities and services at the actual times they are happening. As a Community Engagement program for the City of Plano, the Plano Citizens Academy will teach the basic roles and functions of municipal government through in-person simulations, tours and activities, as well as, online lectures of selected departments to educate and engage residents on council and city staff's responsibilities throughout the year.


Program size will be set at no more than forty participants to ensure a manageable, engaged and select group. Our focus is to create a group that is as diverse and dynamic as our community. The selection process will be mindful of applicants interested in pursuing the Citizens Fire and Police academies also.

  • Application will be accepted August 1 until September 18.
  • Acceptance letters will be sent out on in late September along with the program itinerary, class schedule, and expectations.

Each month we will meet up in predetermined areas in the city for an hour and a half to two hours. The classes will be set after regular work hours or on the weekends for your convenience.

At these classes, participants will be learning about services like the Police's bomb squad, Emergency Management's disaster kits, and Plano's Animal Shelter.

The class requires you attend one evening a month, with a couple of classes being held on Saturday mornings. Most classes will be held on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m.

2017-18 Schedule

OCT 3 | Introduction Class

OCT 10 | Parks and Recreation

NOV 7 | Plano Fire-Rescue

DEC 7 | Economic Development and Planning

 JAN 8 | Neighborhood Services and Budget

FEB 27 | Plano Emergency Management

MARCH 21| Sustainability and Environmental Education Department and Animal Services

 APRIL 28 | Love Where You Live

MAY 8 | Plano Police

JUNE 12 | Plano 911 and Engineering

JULY 21| Library

 AUG 23 | Boards and Commissions Reception

SEPT 10 | Volunteers In Plano and Graduation

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