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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Application period opens for 2024 Citizens Academy

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PHOTO #1: Communications Director Ashley Strevel welcomes participants during the 2023 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #2: City Manager Jesús A. Garza teaches participants about the City’s structure and goals during the 2023 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #3: Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak visits with Citizens Academy participants, from left, Jodi Schaefer and Debbie Breeden during the 2023 Citizens Academy.

A man stands in front of a classroom and gives a presentationPHOTO #4: Citizens Academy participant Robert R. Rodriguez Jr. rappels down a building as part of an optional hands-on activity during the 2023 Citizens Academy.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs is accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens Academy, a five-week educational program that will provide residents with an inside look at local government and show them how to get involved.

A man standing speaks with two women seated at a table“We’re looking forward to this opportunity to educate residents about the inner workings of the City and the bigger picture of how it all impacts our community,” Communications Director Ashley Strevel said. 

Sessions will be hosted Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 1:30-5 p.m. (1:30-6 p.m. on the first day and 3-6:30 p.m. on the final day) at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex. City leaders will share presentations on public safety, economic development, infrastructure projects, City services, beautification, public involvement opportunities and other topics. A catered meal will be provided during the final session.

Person wearing a helmet rappels down a buildingThere is no cost to register. Space will be limited to 20 applicants. Residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible at The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

Residents who complete Citizens Academy will be awarded a certificate and recognized at a City Council meeting. Participants must attend every session to be recognized. Residents who complete Citizens Academy, the Civilian Responder Program (formerly called the Civilian Fire Academy) and the Civilian Police Academy will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award and will be recognized during a City Council meeting. 

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