Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy

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What is a Citizens Academy?

  • The Citizens Academy is a free 10-week session program designed to teach citizens about how their local government operates. The academy gives first-hand exposure to many city departments to highlight their various functions in municipal government. Participants will also gain insight into opportunities in how they can be more involved at the local government level.

Program Description:

  • The Citizens Academy is held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm from September to November.
  • The 10 weekly sessions are held at various locations within the city.
  • During these sessions, participants interact first hand with department heads and other city staff to learn about the day to day operations, tour various workspaces and take part in breakout activities.
  • Class size will be limited to 20 participants per year.

Scheduled Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Municipal Government & Overview of Pittsfield
  • Police Department
  • Community Development/Recreation/Business Development
  • Fire Department
  • Building Department & Health Department
  • Airport
  • Department of Public Services & Utilities
  • Cultural Development, Library and Veterans’ Services
  • Finance Department & Overview of Budget Process
  • Personnel Department and City Clerk’s Office

To apply for the Citizens Academy, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Resident of Pittsfield
  • Be able to attend every session to the best of your ability

To apply by mail, please click here

To apply online, please click here 

For additional information, please contact Catherine VanBramer in the Mayor’s Office at (413) 499-9321 or at