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Applications Now Available for 2014 SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY

10-Week Program Helps Residents Learn About County Programs and Services
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. —Applications are now available for the annual SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY, a 10-week program to provide Santa Clara County residents a comprehensive overview of County government, its role and responsibilities, as well as the programs and services offered by the County. 
 
“The programs and services provided by the County affect the lives of everyone, but often they go unnoticed,” said President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.  The SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY is a great way for residents to learn about County government. I am glad to see that many people have been interested in participating since the program began two years ago. 
 
The 2014 academy will hold its first session on February 11.  Application deadline is January 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.  A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the academy during a Board of Supervisors meeting.
 
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 there were more candidates than spaces available in the past two years,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.  “We received excellent feedback from the 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 more information about the 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. 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119 
Posted: December 4, 2013