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Applications Now Available for SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY

New 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 newly established 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 Board of Supervisors approved the program in November.

“Counties play a critical role in the lives of residents, yet it is the least known and understood level of government,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, who called for the creation of the Academy. “The SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY will make it possible for those who want to know more to do so.”

The Academy will hold its first session on February 28. Applications will be accepted until February 10. 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 1, 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.

“We are planning an interactive curriculum that engages participants,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “They will have a chance to visit several facilities and see first-hand how their tax dollars are spent.”

Applications are available on the County’s website: www.sccgov.org/sccgov101 under hot items. 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/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: January 20, 2012