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Applications Now Available for 2013 SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY

10-Week Program to Engage Residents with First-Hand Look at County Programs and Services
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. —Applications are now available for the SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY, a 10-week program to provide a comprehensive overview of County government, its role and responsibilities, as well as the program and services offered by the County.  The inaugural course was held last spring.
 
“It is quite heartening to see how many people are truly interested in learning about our County government,” said President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.  “The programs and services provided by the County affect the lives of everyone, but often they go unnoticed.”
 
The Academy will hold its first session on March 12.  Applications will be accepted until February 15.  The 35 seats will be distributed across the county.  Seven will be available in each of the five Supervisorial Districts.  Most sessions will occur on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  One half-day session will take place on a Saturday.  The graduation ceremony is planned for the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 21, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.
 
The goals of the program are to: Raise public awareness of County roles and services; promote engagement and understanding of the County; encourage participation in advisory commissions and volunteer opportunities; and contribute to creating a more informed public. 
 
“I would encourage those interested to submit their applications early, since last year there were more candidates than spaces available,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.  “We received excellent feedback from Academy participants about the interactive curriculum and the opportunities to visit several facilities to see first-hand how their tax dollars are spent.”
 
Applications are available on the County’s website:  www.sccgov.org/sccgov101app. For general information about the 2012 program go to www.sccgov.org/sccgov101. There is a $30 materials fee, which can be waived in cases of financial hardship. For more information or to obtain an application, contact the Office of Public Affairs at SCCPublicAffairs@ceo.sccgov.org or call 408-299-5151.
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