Free Program Educates Participants about How the City Works: Next Cohort Starts October 3
A free, seven-week program for Champaign and Urbana residents that aims to increase civic knowledge and engagement is now taking applications.
Champaign City Government 101 Academy, or CCG-101 for short, is free to participants. Over the course of seven weeks, CCG-101 participants meet with city staff to learn about operations from public safety (police/fire/etc.) to the role of the city manager and the city council; from IT and finance to planning and development; and much more.
The goal is for participants to have a better understanding of the intricacies of operating a municipal government and what it takes to support essential public services.
The Academy meets on Thursday evenings in the City building downtown. This year, they’ve added optional behind-the-scenes tours of the Champaign Public Library. It concludes with a “graduation” ceremony on November 12. Most sessions last roughly 90 minutes to two hours.
The Champaign City Government 101 Academy is open to any citizen in Champaign or Urbana over the age of 16, although preference is given to Champaign residents.
To apply for the Academy, and for more information, visit this City of Champaign website.