The City of College Station has many resources available for you to stay well informed about your community. You might not have heard about a majority of them. So, let me help you get in the know! Among the variety of communication outlets, the city also offers programs that give participants a chance to take a peek behind the curtain of their local government.
Would you like to know how YOUR local government operates, talk to those who build budgets, construct projects, keep your water running and neighborhoods safe? Then you should check out College Station’s Citizen University! This free course begins Jan. 28 and lasts until April 15. Sessions take place each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at a variety of city facilities. Each class allows the participant to dive deeper into each city department through presentations and hands-on activities. Those interested must be at least 21 years old, a resident of the Brazos County, registered to vote locally and not running for political office during the program. Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 11. For complete details and to apply, visit cstx.gov/cu.
Citizens Fire Academy
Want to focus more on how your local fire stations operate or experience what it’s like to be a firefighter? The City of College Station offers a free program for that too, called Citizens Fire Academy. The 11-week program begins Feb. 25 and will be held each Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at different College Station fire stations or the Brayton Fire Training Field. In addition, there will be a Saturday session that includes a live fire exercise and an opportunity to become certified in CPR and First Aid. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in the Brazos Valley. For more information and to apply, go to cstx.gov/cfa.
Citizens Police Academy
Curious about what it’s like to work in law enforcement or want to know how your local police department operates? Then you should look into College Station’s Citizens Police Academy. This 11-week program is also free and offers participants a remarkable inside look at their city’s police department and criminal justice system. Sessions for this class are conducted each spring and fall at the College Station police on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The spring class dates have not been set, yet. But those interested can go ahead and apply at cstx.gov/cpa.
Other Communication Outlets
If the above programs are not for you, no worries! Here are some other ways to stay informed:
For news with some personality, you can bookmark the City of College Station’s blog: cityofcs.wordpress.com. The blog also provides city council meeting previews and live blogging during the meetings. Speaking of city council meetings, did you know that you can watch them live from the comfort of your home? You can tune into Suddenlink Channel 19 OR cstx.gov/cstv19 for live streaming of the meetings, same for Planning and Zoning meetings! The city’s channel also provides information on development projects, special events, job opportunities, advertising slides and many other pertinent issues and notices.
Interested in getting city news straight to your email box? Check out cstx.gov/enotify! This system allows you to subscribe to a variety of topics. Once you subscribe, you will only receive emails about press releases or events under the topics you’ve picked.
Looking for a city event photo or video? The city archives their best photos at flickr.com/photos/collegestation. From here you can view their photos, share and download them at any time. Downloading your favorites is easy! Simply right click on the photo of your choice and select size you want to download.
Other avenues to city knowledge and interaction are by liking them on Facebook and following them Twitter.
Hopefully I’ve shed some light on ways for you to get in touch and involved with your city!