The 10-week program provides a comprehensive overview of County government, its role and responsibilities, as well as the program and services offered by the County.
The 2014 academy will hold its first session on February 11. Application deadline is January 15. 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.
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.
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
Each year, beginning with the inaugural sessions in Spring 2012, the County accepts applications to fill the 35 seats available. The 35 seats are distributed across the county; seven are available in each of the five Supervisorial Districts.