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Watsonville Academy

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  2. Program Description

    The 2020 Watsonville Academy Class will be held virtually starting Thursday, October 1, 2020. The City is working hard planning and developing an engaging and educational experience for our 2020 Watsonville Academy participants. The Watsonville Academy is a free, ten-week program designed to help Watsonville residents learn about their city government. The Watsonville Academy is held bi-weekly on Thursday evenings from 6 pm-7:30 pm.

  3. Participants will have an opportunity to:

    * Meet department heads and staff * Learn how decisions are made, how funds are allocated and how departments operate * Enjoy comprehensive overviews of city departments, programs and services * Learn about the city's future plans * Participate in lively discussions * Become an informed and engaged citizen

  4. Program Requirements

    All applicants must be 21 years of age and must reside, or own a business in the City of Watsonville. In order to gain a good understanding of how your local government works your attendance is important. Participants may not miss more than 2 class sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. Space is limited to 25 participants and offered on a first come, first serve basis.

  5. Application Deadline

    The deadline to apply is Friday, September 25, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Padilla at 768-3010 or via email at

  6. Do you own a business in Watsonville?*

  7. Are you currently on a City of Watsonville Board, Commission or Committee?*

  8. Disclaimer and Signature

    By signing this application form you are verifying, that you are a resident of Watsonville and are 21 years of age or older. Please note that photographs or video may be taken during the Watsonville Academy and may be used in the City of Watsonville's printed and electronic promotional materials and that by signing below you are consenting to the use of those photographs.

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