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Picture of the 2015 Citizens' Academy Class

2015 Citizens' Academy Class

Phone: (812) 349-3505
Fax: (812) 349-3582

2017 Citizens' Academy Class

To encourage more civic involvement through a basic understanding of City services, the HAND Department developed the Citizens' Academy.

The Academy is a nine-week program that provides thirty participants with an interactive learning experience about City services, programs and responsibilities.

Through the sessions with various City Departments, the participants learn about the challenges to city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations and mandates.

"I loved the field trips and hearing about the budgets/sructure of the departments, as well as hearing about the many functions of each department. The presentations were really well done and I learned a tremendous amount about all the work that goes into making Bloomington a great city to live in." Meagan Benetti - Class of 2016

Applications are open through July 10, 2017 for the fall 2017 session. Applying after this time will put you on the 2017 Citizens' Academy waiting list and you will be contacted in spring 2017 regarding next year's class. In the meantime, you may contact Vickie Provine via phone (812.349.3505) or email ( should you have further questions.

2017 Classes will be held every Thursday, August 31 through October 26 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Registration deadline - Monday, July 10, 2017.

Click here for a paper application with more information (PDF 1.07 MB)

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