Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy


The mission of the Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy is to provide residents and business owners an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their City's government and services by providing knowledge and encouraging participation in a diverse setting which is conducive to building community.  The Academy is designed to aid and facilitate in bridging the gap between residents and local government. The Academy will serve as a Community Engagement program which will teach the basic roles and functions of municipal government through presentations, tours and activities to educate and engage participants on the many responsibilities of City Council and City Staff.  In the same respect, City leaders and staff will gain valuable knowledge about the priorities and needs of residents and business owners in the City.

Eligibility & Fees

The Academy is FREE of charge, however, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a current resident or business owner in the City of Watauga
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a registered voter in the State of Texas
  • Commit to attend all sessions and be an engaged participant
  • Not be a current Council Member



Registration to participate in the Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy 2021 session is now open. The Academy will be nine (9) weeks long with a class size of no more than 20 participants, to ensure a manageable, engaged and select group.  The goal is to have a class that is as diverse and dynamic as our community!  This will enable the Academy to yield a well informed and knowledgeable pool of graduates from where Board, Committee, and Commission members may be selected to serve.

It is very important to fill out an application  in order to enroll and be a participant in the Academy.  If you are not enrolled, you will not be able to attend as we have limited space due to the number of expected participants.  Participants may NOT invite guests or bring guests to the sessions. 

Sessions for 2021 are still being planned with an anticipated start date in January 2021.  Consideration as to whether the sessions will be virtual or in-person is still being evaluated.  If you wish to sign up to participate, your feedback regarding in-person versus virtual is appreciated and can be signified on the enrollment form.

Enrollment Form

Academy participants will meet on average twice per month at predetermined areas throughout the City for approximately three (3) hours.  The City may provide snacks and drinks since the Academy is scheduled in the evening and classes will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Each session will feature presentations from different City leaders and staff members representing various departments.  In order for the Academy to be successful, every participant needs to attend all scheduled sessions.  Participants may only be absent from two (2)  sessions, however, the absences MUST be made up by attending two (2) City Council meetings prior to the end of the Academy.   
For more information please contact the City Secretary's Office at 817.514.5825 or 817.514.5812.   

 January 2021 TBD

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