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2015 SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY Applications Now Available

10-Week Program Helps Residents Learn About County Programs and Services

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 2015 academy will hold its first session on Wednesday, February 11.  The application deadline is January 15.  The 40 seats will be distributed across the county.  Eight will be available in each of the five Supervisorial Districts.  Most sessions will occur on Wednesday 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 Tuesday morning Board of Supervisors meeting.

2015 SCC GOV 101 ACADEMY Proposed Schedule


2014 SCC GOV 101 Academy Snapshots:

The 2014 academy held its first session on February 11. A graduation ceremony was held at the end of the academy during a Board of Supervisors meeting. 


Week One: Know Your County Tour of Vector Control Lab

Week Two: All About Taxes

Week Three: Keeping the Community Safe

Week Four: Justice at Work

Week Five: Supporting the Community

Week Six: Protecting the Environment and Consumers

Week Seven: Healthy Communities

Week Eight: 24/7 Community Service

Week Nine: Enhancing Community Life

Week Ten: Get Involved

Academy Graduation






SCC GOV 101 Academy - Spring 2014 Class


In November 2011, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of the new program for Santa Clara County residents with the purpose to:
  • Raise public awareness of County roles and services;
  • Promote engagement and understanding of the County;
  • ​Encourage participation in advisory boards and commissions and volunteer opportunities, and;
  • Contribute to creating a more informed public.