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 held its first session on February 11. Most sessions occur on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. One half-day session takes place on a Saturday. A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the academy during a Board of Supervisors meeting.
2014 SCC GOV 101 Academy Snapshots:
Week One: Know Your County
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
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. 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.