This schedule will be updated for the 2019 class prior to the class start in August 2019.

2019 Citizens Academy Schedule (subject to change)

Session # Date Time
1 Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
2 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
3 Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
4 Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
5 Thursday, October 3, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
6 Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
7 Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
8 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
9 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
10 Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
Graduation Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:30-8:30pm

Interested to know what the session topics will be? See below for a sample schedule from the 2017 class; the 2019 class will be very similar in content and organization.

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.