What is Weatherford Citizen University?
Weatherford Citizen University (WCU) is an opportunity for residents to learn about the structure and activities of their local City government. Students will experience the decision making processes and see actual operations. The class offers students the opportunity to learn about the financial budgets set for the City, tour various City facilities, and see behind-the-scene functions of the Police and Fire Departments. Students will also meet animals from the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter and meet with City leaders to learn how various departments serve citizens.
What is required for the membership?
Number of students and eligibility
The class is limited to 25 students. Eligibility requirements:
- Be a resident of Weatherford for at least one year.
- Be at least 18 years of age or older.
- Cannot hold a local political office or be running for a local political office during the 10 month program.
- Must be a registered voter within the City of Weatherford.
All WCU students will be selected via an open application process. Applications are available at the City of Weatherford City Hall and on the City of Weatherford website. The application must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 15 for consideration each year. Applications for Citizen University 2017 will become available January 2017.
WCU is a 10 month program with evening classes being held once a month. Each session will last approximately two and a half hours. Sessions will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Please note that sessions may meet at a different location depending on the topic. The City of Weatherford reserves the right to adjust dates and meeting times anytime.
Each participant must complete a minimum of eight sessions of the 10 to graduate from the program. Due to department scheduling, no make-up sessions will be available.
Selection criteria will be based on the eligibility requirements and strength of application.