2020 Citizens Academy Schedule

This schedule will be updated for the 2020 course prior to the course start in September 2020.

Interested to know what the session topics will be? See below for a sample schedule from the 2017 class.

Sample Class Schedule (from 2017 program)

Date Session Topic Description
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Session 1: Introduction to the Academy and Knowing Aspen Learn about the Citizens Academy program and the basics of city government.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Session 2: Financing Aspen Learn how the City determines priorities and gain an overview of finance in Aspen.
Thursday, September 7, 2017 Session 3: Building Aspen Learn about the process behind developing a community's physical infrastructure, from planning to approval and beyond.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Session 4: Living in Aspen Learn about how the City is distinct from other agencies in the Valley.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Session 5: Caring for Aspen Learn about how the City provides basic needs for the community, from safe drinking water to clean streets.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Session 6: Protecting Aspen Learn about the various ways the City protects the community (policing, traffic safety, and more).
Thursday, November 2, 2017 Session 7: Housing in Aspen Learn about the past, present, and future of affordable housing efforts in Aspen.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Session 8: Playing in Aspen Learn about how the City encourages the Aspen Idea through various recreational opportunities.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 Session 9: Getting Involved
Discuss how to get involved with the City and make a difference in the community.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 Session 10: Interactive Wrap-Up and Make-Up Opportunity for a final class exercise; any make-up presentations.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Graduation Celebrate the Aspen Citizens Academy graduates.