Citizens Academy

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The City of Victoria Citizens Academy is a free, nine-week program designed to help Victoria residents learn about their city government. The course is a series of presentations, tours and demonstrations by city departments. These presentations cover the basic departmental functions and goals. The presentations are followed by a Q & A session. A meal and drink are provided at each session.

The Citizens Academy is held from January to March on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 pm – 8:30 pm. Most Citizens Academy sessions are held in Room 205 at 700 Main Center. Other sessions are held at city facilities including the Victoria Public Library, the Surface Water Treatment Plant, Police headquarters, Emergency Operations Center and the Fire Training Facility. Participants will also have an opportunity to attend a City Council meeting.

NOTICE: The 2020 Citizen's Academy has been postponed until 2021.

We will begin accepting applications to participate in the 2021 academy starting in the fall of 2020. 

Citizens Academy Schedule

Participants will:

  • Meet department heads and staff
  • Learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate
  • Enjoy comprehensive overviews of departments and programs and services
  • Discover the current status and future plans for Victoria’s development, infrastructure, library, emergency response services, recreation, tourism, the environment and other topics
  • Participate in lively discussions and interactive activities 
  • Tour city facilities
  • Become an informed, involved citizen

How to Apply

The academy is free to Victoria residents 21 years and older. We accept up to 20 citizens as academy participants. Any residents interested in learning about city operations or who have expressed opinions about city services, operations or governing are invited to attend. Call 361-485-3110 today for information.