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Rockville City Academy

The Rockville City Academy is a highly interactive and life-enriching six session course that makes a significant contribution to the City of Rockville by providing opportunities for Rockville residents to learn from those who lead the departments in the City about how the City of Rockville operates. Residents 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 Rockville Leadership Program will answer your questions about City government and help you develop the skills necessary to get involved in your community.

Everyone wants to be part of a healthy, functioning community; The Rockville Leadership Program  works toward this goal by:
  • Creating resident awareness 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

  • Better equips them to create positive changes in their communities because they gain a greater understanding of the unique forces that make up the City
  • Allows them to examine their understanding about the City, values and tools available for them. 
  • Builds trust, rapport and networks among people with different views and gives limitless opportunities to network with staff and City officials. 
  • Develop close and lasting friendships with Leaders in the community. 

Rockville City Academy is open to participants 16 years old and older who is curious about the dynamics of their community, likes hands-on learning, and enjoys having fun. Class size is limited to 30 people, and participants must be able to attend most classes.  

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

· Session 1: Thursday, April 27, 7-9 p.m., at Rockville's City Hall. Topics include information on the City's form of government, demographics of Rockville and the Public Information Office. 

· Session 2 Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.-noon. We will 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 Rockville's City Hall. Discover how the Community Planning and Development Services Department operates and participate in a hands on exercise on planning.

· Session 4: Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. - noon, at Rockville's City Hall. Participants will have the opportunity to learn  about all the different services  that the Department of Public Works provides. We will board the bbus and have a tour of the City's Water Treatment Facility.
· Session 5: Thursday, May 25, 7-9 p.m., at the new 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 session and park at the City Hall Parking Lot at 111 Maryland Avenue, entrance off Vinson St. An officer will escort everyone at 6:45 p.m. to the Police Station.

· Session 6: Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m., at Rockville's City Hall. Learn principles of leadership and community organization that will help you to become a more effective community leader.

· Graduation: Monday, June 4, 7-9 p.m., at City Hall. Participants will receive a certificate of participation during the Mayor and Council meeting that evening. The meeting will be live on Rockville Channel 11, so invite your friends and family to watch or attend the meeting. After the handing out of certificates, participants will tour Rockville Channel 11 to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Mayor and Council meetings are produced. In addition, we will have a reception for all the participants with light appetizers. 

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

If you would like to register online for the next session of Rockville City Academy, please fill out the registration form For more information please contact Hjarman Cordero at 240-314-8344.