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Rockville City Academy
Rockville City Academy is a highly interactive and life-enriching six-session course that provides opportunities for Rockville residents to learn from those who lead city departments about how the City of Rockville operates. Community members will have the opportunity to learn from highly qualified professionals about their roles in the city and how to become a leader in the community through staff briefings and tours. The program will answer questions about city government and help community members develop skills necessary to get involved in their community.

Everyone wants to be part of a healthy, functioning community. Rockville City Academy works toward this goal by:
  • Creating resident awareness of, and access to, community resources.      
  • Demystifying local government.
  • Humanizing public service.
  • Providing networking opportunities among residents, neighborhoods and city officials and staff.
  • Cultivating new civic leaders.

How Individuals Benefit 

  • Equips them to create positive changes in their communities, with a greater understanding of the unique forces that make up the city.
  • Allows them to examine their understanding of the city, its values and the tools available to them. 
  • Builds trust, rapport and networks among people with different views and gives opportunities to network with city staff and officials. 
  • Develops close and lasting friendships between leaders in the community.
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Requirements
Rockville City Academy is open to participants 16 years old and older who are curious about the dynamics of their community and who enjoy hands-on learning and having fun. Class size is limited to 30 people. Participants must be able to attend most classes.  

Class Syllabus and Schedule for 2017 (This may be subject to change)
Rockville City Academy holds six sessions. The four weekday sessions last two hours. The two weekend field trip sessions last three hours.

· Session 1: Thursday, April 27, 7-9 p.m., at Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. Topics include information on the city's form of government and the Public Information and Community Engagement Division.

· Session 2:  Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Board a bus at City Hall and tour the city's Recreation and Parks facilities. 

. Session 3:  Thursday, May 11, 7-9 p.m., at City Hall. Participants will learn principles of leadership and community organization that will help them become more effective community leaders. Special guess:  Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Councilmember Mark Pierzchala, and City Manager Rob Di Spirito.

· Session 4: Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. - noon, at City Hall. Participants will have the opportunity to learn  about the many services the Department of Public Works provides. Board a bus and tour the city's Water Treatment Plant.
 
· Session 5: Thursday, May 25, 7-9 p.m., at the Rockville Police Station. This session is dedicated to the Police Department and the programs that provide residents the highest level of service possible. *** Please arrive 15 minutes before the session and park at the City Hall parking lot at 111 Maryland Ave. (the entrance off Vinson Street). An officer will escort everyone at 6:45 p.m. to the police station.

· Session 6: Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m., at City Hall. Discover how the Community Planning and Development Services Department operates and participate in a hands-on planning exercise.

· Graduation: Monday, June 5, 7-9 p.m., at City Hall. Participants will receive a certificate of participation during the Mayor and Council meeting. The meeting will be broadcast live on channel 11, so invite friends and family to watch or attend.

We encourage individuals with disabilities to register and participate in Rockville programs. To adequately plan for a successful and rewarding experience, we will discuss how we can best serve you. Start this process by calling our ADA coordinator at 240-314-8108. Please inform us prior to the workshop start date. 
  

For more information and to register, contact Hjarman Cordero at or 240-314-8344 or submit the online application.