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Pittsfield Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy
08:00AM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the City of Pittsfield's Citizens Academy, which will begin in late August.
The Citizens Academy, a 12-week program, is designed to help community members understand the operations of local government. 
Participants will gain awareness on the various functions of city departments within municipal government, tour designated locations, and engage in breakout activities. Attendees also will learn more about service opportunities available within local government.
"We have seen continuous growth of this academy throughout the years and 95 community members who have participated to date," said Catherine VanBramer, director of administrative services. "Community engagement is a vital part of my role with the city, and it is my hope that we encourage more members of our community to actively participate in their government. I look forward to welcoming a new class for the sixth year of the academy."
Class size will be limited to 25 participants. The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings between August 21 and November 6. The sessions will be held 6-8 p.m. at various locations throughout the city. During the sessions, participants will interact with department heads and other city staff to learn about the day-to-day operations, tour various workspaces, and participate in breakout activities.
To be eligible for the Citizens Academy, applicants must be at least 18, live or work in Pittsfield, and be able to attend each of the 12-week sessions to the best of their ability. Sessions vary every year but can include topics such as:
• Overview of Municipal Government
• City Council and School Committee
• Police and Fire Departments
• Department of Public Services & Utilities
• Community Development
• City Clerk
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Airport
• Cultural Development
• Berkshire Athenaeum
• Human Resources
• Health Department & Building Inspectors
• Finance & Information Technology
• Building Maintenance
• Council on Aging, RSVP & Veterans Services
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and be publicly recognized for their participation.
Program details are available on the city's website:
• To apply online, visit here.
• To apply via mail, visit here.
• Paper copies are also available in the Mayor's Office at City Hall, 70 Allen Street.
Applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, July 26. 
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