The City of Sanford offers a yearly educational program to help people who live and/or work in Sanford/Lee County better understand the municipal decision-making process.
Since its inception, nearly 60 individuals have graduated from the program.
Called the Sanford Citizens' Academy, the program runs on Tuesday mornings from February through early May in even-numbered years and on Monday evenings from July through mid-October in odd-numbered years.
Each week will feature a different department, including police, fire, and the Sanford Municipal Golf Course. Some standout sessions include trips to the Raleigh Exec Jetport, Cape Fear River, and Central Carolina Enterprise Park.
Graduates are prepared and encouraged to be more engaged in local government at all levels. They often go on to serve on municipal boards and commissions or otherwise become more involved in public service.
Each session is limited to 10 participants. Preference will be given to registrants who live within Sanford's city limits.
Registration is now open for the 2018 day session of the Sanford Citizens' Academy. The Academy will meet weekly on Tuesdays from February 6 until April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Graduation will be on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.