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Birmingham Citizens Academy

The Spring 2019 Citizens Academy is now accepting applications!

Graduates 2017Sign up now for 2019 Spring Citizens Academy - it's not too early! City residents who are interested in increasing their knowledge about local government operations can apply now by going to the Citizens Academy Application. Applications are accepted on a first-come basis. The start date is the end of April, 2019, with specific dates to be determined. For further information about the Citizens Academy, contact Joellen Haines, Assistant to the City Manager, at or 248-530-1807.

This free, interactive 8-week program is open to Birmingham residents 18 years or older and is designed to provide a fun, informative learning experience for citizens who want to know how the City of Birmingham operates. Classes are offered on Tuesday nights from 6-8:30 p.m. and on some Thursday nights. If you would like to be contacted about future events in the city and get on a list to receive a notification of upcoming Citizens Academy plans, sign up at
Pictured to the right: Fall 2017 Graduates 
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Pictured above: Spring 2018 graduating class during their sessions and graduation.

Pictured below: Spring 2017 Graduates

Schedule for the 2018 Spring Birmingham Citizens Academy (Completed)
Session 1 - Tues., April 24 - The Structure and Role of Government, City Hall, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham
Session 2 - Tues., May 1 - Police Department Services, Police Station, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham
Session 3 - Tues., May 8 - Fire Department Services, Adams Fire Station, 572 S. Adams, Birmingham
Session 4 - Tues., May 15 - Parks and Public Services, Dept. of Public Services, 851. S. Eton, Birmingham
Session 5 - Thurs., May 17  - The Building and Development Process, City Hall, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham
Session 6 - Tues., May 22 - The Planning Process, City Hall, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham
Session 7 - Tues., May 29 - Budgeting and Finance, City Hall, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham
Session 8 - Thurs., May 31 - The Birmingham Museum Experience/Baldwin Public Library- Behind the Books 
Session 9 - Mon., June 4 - Graduation - City Commission meeting, Room 205 Commission Room, City Hall

Pictured below: The Spring 2016 Birmingham Citizens Academy - 1st Graduating Class
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Below: the Fall 2016 graduating Birmingham Citizens Academy class and City Commissioners:
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Below: Planning Director Jana Ecker takes residents on walking downtown class tour.
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Below: The class gets a little evening lesson on the latest police vehicle technology in police cars.
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At the Dept. of Public Services, class members got their feet wet understanding how sewer pipes operate.
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The Fire Department puts on a class everyone will remember and appreciate.
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Classroom time is filled with questions, quizzes and useful information.
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The Fire Department puts on nighttime drills
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Academy students get to the heart of a construction site by going underground.