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Dozens graduate from Johnson County Citizens Academy

Thirty-six people graduated from the Johnson County Citizens Academy on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the County Administration Building.

The Citizens Academy Program allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

The program seeks to enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services, encourage a unified community identity and increase participation in Johnson County boards, advisory councils and commissions.

Participants attended 10 three-hour weekly sessions that explored the county budget, civic engagement and volunteer opportunities.

CAP participant Kera Nicholson said she’s gained a greater understanding of Johnson County programs and services and a greater sense of pride in the community she calls home.

“There’s no better way to demonstrate transparency than this program," Nicholson said.

Graduates received a certificate and were connected to a growing network of academy alumni.

County residents may apply online at any time. The next session begins in spring 2020.

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