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. The class meets every month from October-September.

We are currently reevaluating our program to offer the best possible experience during these unprecedented times. Please check back later this month for 2020-2021 class application details.

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.

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.

OCT 1 | Tuesday | 6:30PM: Introduction Class & Public Safety Communications (911)

OCT 8 Tuesday | 6:30PM: Parks and Recreation

NOV 12 Tuesday | 6:30 PM Plano Fire-Rescue

DEC 10 Tuesday | 6:30PM Economic Development and Planning

JAN 7 Tuesday | 6:30PM: Neighborhood Services and Budget

FEB 11 Tuesday | 6:30PM: Plano Emergency Management

MARCH 10 Tuesday | 6:30PM Sustainability and Environmental Education Department | Animal Services

MAY 2 Saturday | 8:00AM: Love Where You Live

MAY 12 Tuesday | 6:30PM: Plano Police

JUNE 9 Tuesday | 6:30PM: Transportation Engineering & Public Works

JULY 25 Saturday | 9:00AM: Library

AUG 31 Monday | 6:00PM: Volunteers in Plano

SEPT 14 Monday | 7:00PM Special Council Recognition

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