Champaign City Government 101 Academy

  • What does it take to run a city?
  • What do all the city departments do?
  • What is the Council-Manager form of government?

Learn the answer to these questions and more in the Champaign City Government 101 Academy! In addition to learning about the organization and operation of the City of Champaign, the class will help boost your civic engagement capacity and encourage you to become an active participant in your local government and the community.

What Will I Learn?

The Academy consist of 12 classes. Each class will introduce you to a new City department, including: City Council/City Manager’s Office, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technologies, Legal, Planning and Development, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, METCAD 9-1-1, Police, Fire, and Library.  After attending the Academy, participants will have a better understanding of the intricacies of operating a municipal government and what it takes to support Champaign’s high quality, essential public services.

When is the Academy?

The Academy will run from September  through November, with a graduation ceremony held in December.  Classes will meet on Mondays and Thursdays in the fall of 2019.  A complete class schedule will be posted online prior to the start of the 2019 Academy.

Class Materials

Class Materials will be posted online at least one week prior to each class session.


What is the Cost?

The Champaign City Government 101 Academy is FREE and open to Champaign-Urbana residents ages 16 and older.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about the Academy, please call the City’s Neighborhood Services Department at 217-403-7070.

Registration is now closed.

Please call the City’s Neighborhood Services Department at 217-403-7070 to be added to the interest list for the 2019 Champaign City Government 101 Academy.  We will contact you once registration for the 2019 Academy opens.