An all-encompassing free city government course sponsored by the city of Glendale and ASU, dubbed Glendale University, is accepting applications for those interested in seeing how the city works.
The 10-week, Wednesday night class offers Glendale residents or business owners older than 18 a behind-the-scenes look at each department. Participants will take part in activities like touring waste facilities, the city manager’s office and the police department.
Mayor Jerry Weiers often talks to the students about his office, and is excited to hear the questions the public asks during the tours and events.
“The main goal is for our taxpayers, our business owners (and) our citizens to understand what it takes to run a city the size of Glendale,” Weiers said.
“Most people are shocked when they find out exactly what happens and how it happens, and how many situations the city deals with. They learn a lot,” Weiers said.
Limited to 45 students, the class allows one-on-one interaction with city officials and the chance to ask just about anything.
The program is ideal for people who want to run for office or work for city hall. More importantly, Weiers hopes the class inspires citizens to become more of an integral part of the city’s workings.
“We hope to have people get so engaged that they become board members or seek even further education on how the city works and how they can get involved,” he said.
Glendale University enters its 21st year in September, and Weiers feels blessed that ASU is involved. Their partnership lends even more credibility to the program and hopefully increases applications.
“They (ASU) see a huge educational value in this. When you have the state’s largest university seeing value in it, and putting some money toward it, that’s a really strong message.”
The deadline to register for Glendale University is August 16, 2019. Register online at glendaleaz.com/glendaleuniversity. For more information or to request an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes run September 4 to November 6.