Bismarck Citizen’s Academy providing participants with in-depth local government knowledge

Twelve people enrolled in the Bismarck Citizen’s Academy receive hands-on training from approximately 15 city departments.

The course will last a total of 8 weeks.

“We mainly focused on the internal customer service, that is to say the administrative service of the city, the municipal commission which is obviously very forward-looking, but we also touched on the legal service, the service of human resources,” said Jason Tomanek, deputy administrator of the city of Bismarck. .

Bismarck resident Jean King has heard of the program and believes it is a positive need in the community.

“That’s a lot of misinformation and misinformation about how our government works. The question is, are the people who really need to take the course showing up? said the king.

The learning will not only take place inside the classroom during the 8 weeks.

“We plan to visit facilities such as public works and the sewage treatment plant. We will visit the police station and one of the fire stations,” Tomanek said.

Information so valuable that King said she would refer a friend.

“I don’t always go to programs like this because I have hearing loss. Participating in a group like this is difficult for me, but I can think of several people I would like to send,” King said.

The city is looking to make it a bi-annual event in hopes of attracting more attendees.

“I think getting to know your local officials is always a good idea. The more we know each other, the better we function together,” King said.

The class will meet once a week for 3 hours during the eight-week sessions.

Out of 60 applications, 12 people were chosen to participate in the free academy.