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Posted on: October 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Application period opens for 2022 Citizens Academy

City manager Jesús Garza holds microphone and addresses seated attendees at Community Center annex.

PHOTO #1: City Manager Jesús A. Garza provides an overview of city government and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan during the first session of the 2021 Citizens Academy on Jan. 14 at the Community Center annex.

Standing man wearing name tag holds microphone and smiles.PHOTO #2: Citizens Academy participant Justin Urbano holds the microphone during a question-and-answer session during the first session of the 2021 Citizens Academy on Jan. 14 at the Community Center annex.

Two masked women seated at a table have a conversation. Other people are seated in the background.PHOTO #3: Citizens Academy participants Janet Libby and Mary Pat Johns visit during the final session of Citizens Academy on March 18 at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs is accepting applications for its 2022 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. 13, 20 and 27 and 2-6 p.m. Feb. 3 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.

There 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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