Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action

Citizens Academy Graduates its 2023 Class!

Citizens Academy 2023 graduates

On March 15, 2023, the 16th class of Midland Citizens Academy received its diplomas for successful completion of the 2023 program! Congratulations, graduates!

The 2023 graduates are: 

  • Jason Andrus
  • Kara Bingham
  • Bethany Bloch
  • Angela Byron
  • Angela Cole
  • Roger Dastick
  • Mary Dorr
  • Ashton Doyle
  • Katie Dusablon
  • Jen Faber
  • Amanda Fox
  • Austin Garner
  • Irene Gibbons
  • Debra Giddings
  • Lee Goldberg
  • Leah Lindauer
  • Matthew Lindauer
  • Brad Mellor
  • Lynda Putt
  • Daren Roehl
  • Penelope Smith
  • John Spooner
  • Katy Stearns

Applications for the 2024 Citizens Academy will open in November 2023. Check back to this page around that time for a link to the application.

About the Program

Ever wonder why MPD has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how Engineering determines which roads will be repaired each year? Learn all that and more during the City's Citizens Academy!
The annual Citizens Academy is a free 10-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is held from mid-January through mid-March each year and takes participants through the various functions of City government The academy also includes a bonus session with Midland County government and tours of City and County facilities including the Midland County Jail, Water Treatment Plant, Fire Station 1, and more.

Program Description

Citizens Academy is held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with optional tours at some of the class facilities that can take up to 1 hour. 

During the weekly two-hour sessions, participants learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community. Presentations and "behind-the-scenes" facility tours give participants a better understanding of the role local government plays in the quality of life that residents of Midland enjoy. Each session is held at a different City or County facility, giving participants a true sense of what it's like to work in local government.