St. Mary’s Honors Citizens Academy Graduates

County Commissioners honored graduates of the St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy by hosting a reception and ceremony to present certificates of completion.

According to a St. Mary’s County Press Release,

Leonardtown, MD – This past fall twenty St. Mary’s County citizens spent seven Tuesday evenings together at various county government facilities. Their goal was to gain a greater insight into how county government actually operates on a daily basis at the annual St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County honored this year’s graduates by hosting a reception and ceremony to present certificates of completion. A number of graduates also earned continuing education credits from the College of Southern Maryland as a result of participating in the Academy.

The St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy is held each fall and offers up to 25 citizens an opportunity to learn how the county’s nine departments function on a daily basis. The popular program just wrapped up its third year.

For one graduate the Citizens Academy proved to be a life changing experience. “Before I started the Citizens Academy my husband and I were renting our home,” said Academy graduate Betty Seaman. “Since then we have decided to purchase a home here in St. Mary’s County. This was a direct result of my participation in the Academy.”

Commissioners say the Academy offers participants a chance to get more involved in county government. “The Academy has yielded a number of graduates who have gone on to become active on a number of our commissions,” said Commissioner President Guy. “The program gives them a taste of everything we do for county residents daily while offering opportunities to serve our county on an ongoing basis.”

The 2017 St. Mary’s County Citizens Academy is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 5. Academy sessions are held in September and October. Applications to participate are available in early July. Participants must be residents of St. Mary’s County and at least 18 years of age.

Visit the St. Mary’s County website to learn more about the Citizens Academy.