Thanks for your interest in the Broward County Academy. Applications for Class VII will be offered in Summer 2018. For 2018, the Broward Academy will be open to individuals enrolled in South Florida colleges and universities only as well as the County College Internship Program.
What is the Broward County Academy?
It's a ten-week interactive program where residents will learn how County government delivers services to enhance and promote the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. The goal of the program is to raise public awareness about County programs and services, and to increase community involvement and participation in local government. In 2018, an emphasis will be put on the civics of government and how you can make your community better through participation and sound legislation.
To be eligible for the Broward County Academy, applicants must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Reside in Broward County
- Currently enrolled in a South Florida college or university
- Have valid photo ID and provide driver’s license number and date of birth (for security screenings)
- Agree to background check and security screenings
- Attend all sessions and be an active participant
- Be interested in and open to post-graduation opportunities in the County
Sessions will be held every Thursday evening for ten consecutive weeks and will culminate with a graduation ceremony. Participants must attend all sessions and be an active participant to graduate. Each session will last three hours, starting at 6PM and ending at 9PM. A light meal will be provided. Interactive sessions will offer a mix of lectures, presentations and tours.
What Does the Academy Offer?
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Broward’s Port Everglades?
Do you really know where your tax dollars are going, and how they’re being used to better the quality of life for all residents and business owners?
Or maybe you’re curious about who keeps the buses and libraries running, who gets rid of mosquitos in your back yard, which agency measures the quality of the air you breathe, and which one maintains our beaches.
What about money generated by the Airport, the Port and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Where does that money go?
And what happens if there’s a hurricane heading for Broward? Who’s in charge of making sure Broward residents, business owners and visitors have the very latest information and can be directed to the help they may need?
The goal of the Academy is to educate participants on these issues and so many more. Read testimonials from the prior participants.
The curriculum will highlight the Airport, Port, Human Services, Emergency Management, Water and Wastewater, Cultural, Libraries, Parks, Health and Safety, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Animal Care, Transit and several other agencies. The Broward Academy will give participants a better understanding of what Broward County Government is, how it serves residents, and what it does to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and play here.