Henrico Citizens Academy set for May

Henrico residents can learn the nuts and bolts of county operations at the 2014 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for five sessions in May.

The free program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday of the month starting May 1. Residents can register at www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Saturday, April 12. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, beginning Monday, April 14. Registration will close Friday, April 25.

The academy is open to 35 residents, with space reserved for seven individuals from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. Participants must be 18 or older.

The academy is designed to give residents a comprehensive look at county operations and services — from plowing county roads after a winter storm and running a youth sports league to preparing an annual budget, providing emergency rescue services and recruiting a Fortune 1000 corporation.

Classes will be led by Henrico officials and staff and will be held at a different county facility each week. Classes typically will feature a presentation and discussion, facility tours, equipment demonstrations and other activities. Topics will include community and economic development, schools and human services, recreation and parks, public safety and county history.

This year marks the second offering of the Henrico Citizens Academy. The county’s divisions of Police and Fire have been holding academies for residents since 1995 and 2000, respectively.