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Westerville Citizen's Academy

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After careful consideration of the ongoing and evolving nature of this unprecedented public health crisis caused by COVID-19, the City is canceling the spring 2020 Westerville Citizen's Academy program.

We are considering other options, including moving the class to the fall. If class isn’t rescheduled for this year, names will be placed on the top of the waitlist for the spring 2021 program. Please note that class space is limited and that some names may be placed on a waitlist for the following year. 

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Applications are now being accepted for spring 2020.
Program begins in April 16! Deadline: March 30.

The City of Westerville will again hold a unique citizen-oriented program that offers behind-the-scenes access to known and little-known City programs and services in spring 2020.

The Westerville Citizen’s Academy (WCA) is an eight-week program based on the popular Westerville academy programs from the Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire. The model is also popular in other cities as a community engagement program to give residents an opportunity to interact with City departments, staff and services.

Each week, participants take part in a three-hour class (held Thursday nights) during the term of the course. Classes are interactive and include activities like exploring equipment, facility tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“Any question from what happens during a power outage to how our community water is sourced and treated will be answered during this experience,” said David Collinsworth, City Manager. “This program is designed for the Westerville resident, to show them every aspect of how their community services are put to work.”

All residents are invited to participate, especially those who have an interest in serving the community on a Board or Commission.  

Program Materials

Academy Application

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