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Posted on: October 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Application period opens for 2023 Citizens Academy

People are seated at a round table with a tablecloth. A standing woman holds mic for seated woman.

PHOTO #1: Communications Director Ashley Strevel holds the microphone for Citizens Academy participant Amanda Boyd to ask a question during the 2022 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #2: City Manager Jesús A. Garza teaches participants about the City’s structure and goals during the 2022 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #3: Citizens Academy participant Zach Wendel rappels down a building as part of an optional hands-on activity during the 2022 Citizens Academy.

Man with a tie leans on a podium and speaks into a handheld microphoneThe City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs is accepting applications for its 2023 Citizens Academy, a four-week educational program that will provide residents with an inside look at local government and show them how to get involved.

Ashley Strevel“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 2-5 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 and 2-6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Community Center annex. 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.

A person wearing a helmet rappels down the side of 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. 16.

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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