About the Program
Navasota Citizens University offers residents the opportunity to try their hand as government finance managers, firefighters, police officers, wastewater operators and other officials. Navasota Citizens University participants will get a first-hand look at how government operates and how decisions are made. Citizens University began as a means of helping citizens understand city government operations in areas such as taxes, spending and finance, police and fire, and community zoning policies.
The 10-week program offers interactive "real world" classes that acquaint participants with the inner workings of Navasota City government. The once-a-week classes last for two hours and are taught by representatives from City departments. Students receive the opportunity to learn about setting a budget, tour city facilities, go behind the scenes with police officers, run tests on wastewater, meet animals from our shelter and experience the challenges encountered by firefighters as they save lives. They will also meet with department directors to learn how various departments serve citizens.
Registration includes a $25 program fee that covers operating costs, course materials, a class shirt, snacks and a graduation dinner celebration. The class is open to 15 participants. If classes fill, priority will be given to residents of Navasota. Applicants must not be running for public office. Students will be required to be present for at least 8 of the classes in order to graduate. The program ends with a graduation dinner and ceremony.
For more information, please call (936) 825-6475. Future program dates are to be determined.