Both programs are free and provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the city government or NBU.
“City University is an interactive learning experience designed to promote transparency with residents,” said Sara Phippen, customer experience manager at the New Braunfels Public Library and City University project team member, in a press release. “Our hope is that, through participation in City University, citizens are encouraged to participate more fully in local government.”
Participants in the city’s program will participate in tours of all city departments and will hear presentations from the administration, police, fire, public works, parks and library departments.
Meetings will be held on selected Thursday evenings beginning in January and the program will conclude with a graduation ceremony in June.
The NBU program will give participants an opportunity to learn more about how the governmental municipality operates, the roles of NBU officials, the planning process for capital projects, the budget planning process and more.
Classes will meet from 5:30-8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from January through May, and applications will be accepted through Nov. 17.
Applicants must be at least 17 years old and be a customer of NBU. Applications are available online and should be emailed to [email protected] upon completion.
City University applications are also available online and must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. Participants must be at least 17 years old and be a resident of New Braunfels or the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.