NAVASOTA, GRIMES COUNTY Registration is underway for Navasota’s Citizens University 2014. This program offers residents the opportunity to try their hand as government finance managers, police officers, wastewater control officers and other officials. The registration deadline is December 13, 2013.
When classes begin on January 9, Navasota Citizens University participants will get a first-hand look at how government operates and how decisions are made.
The 9-week program offers interactive “real world” classes that acquaint participants with the inner workings of Navasota City government. Students receive the opportunity to set a budget, tour City facilities, go behind the scenes with police officers, and experience the challenges encountered by firefighters as they save lives. They will also meet with City department directors to learn how various departments serve citizens.
The once-a-week classes last for two hours and are taught by representatives from various City departments. The program ends on Thursday, March 6, 2014 with a graduation ceremony. Students will be required to be present for at least 7 of the classes in order to graduate.
Citizens University began as a means of helping citizens understand City government operations in areas such as taxes, spending and finance, police and fire, and community zoning policies.
Registration includes a $25 program fee that covers operating costs, course materials, a class shirt, snacks and a graduation dinner celebration. There is limited availability and applicants must reside in Navasota city limits, be registered voters and not be running for public office. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the fall 2014 program.
For more information, call 936-825-6408 or 936-825-6475 or visit http://www.navasotatx.gov.