Morgantown Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy Logo Design No City LogoWelcome and thank you for your interest in the Morgantown Citizens Academy! You've taken your first step to becoming a better-informed citizen. You are the backbone of our community, and your involvement is vital to maintaining a strong and healthy community. Citizen involvement in government helps us ensure that we are meeting the needs of our citizens. The next class of the Morgantown Citizens Academy is set to begin on March 7, 2024.

What is the Citizens Academy?

This eight-week course is free and open to the public. It is designed to give citizens a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the city departments and how to effectively engage their local government. The academy will allow citizens to increase their knowledge of how municipal government works, providing them with the power to create change in their neighborhoods.

The sessions, held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at various locations, will feature unique activities and engaging discussions led by city staff. Each week, the participants will learn about different topics and get an inside look at how government functions. 

Course topics include:

  • How it All Works
  • How Do We Manage Growth?
  • Our Public Defenders
  • Where Does My Money Go?
  • Morgantown is Our Playground
  • It Takes a Village
  • Transportation & Environment

Light snacks will be provided prior to each class. A graduation reception and ceremony are held at the conclusion of the Citizens Academy and graduates are recognized at a City Council meeting. Enrollment is limited to 15-20 participants, 18 years of age and older. City of Morgantown residents will be given first priority, but any Monongalia County resident is welcome to apply. 

Once candidates have been selected, they will be provided with a more in-depth schedule and outline of the upcoming classes. Any candidates not selected will be added to a waitlist and contacted about future sessions. Participants are to attend all eight sessions, but we understand that emergencies do happen. Any participant who misses more than two sessions will be disqualified. 

How Can I Participate?

Interested citizens must fill out an application form, which can be found here. The application can be submitted through the city’s website or sent via standard mail to the City of Morgantown Special Projects Coordinator at 430 Spruce St. Morgantown, WV 26505. The deadline to apply is 5:30 p.m. on February 23rd. For more information, please email SpecialProjects@morgantownwv.gov or call 304-284-7405. Seating is limited and will fill up fast.