El Paso County Citizens College

Citizens College graphicThe Public Information Office is excited to sponsor the free El Paso County Citizens College.

The County will present an intense three-day Citizen College designed to provide conversations with elected officials and county leadership in February 2019.

(The May 2018 Citizens College has been cancelled due to low enrollment in what has become a very busy month.)

Citizens College is a tremendous learning opportunity for civic-minded individuals ages 16 and older. During the full-day sessions, citizen students will be familiarized with many aspects of El Paso County government – including its statutory duties, programs and services to citizens living in Colorado’s largest County. Our County’s elected officials, administrators and agency partners will serve as instructors navigating participants through the inner workings of our multi-faceted and citizen-focused government.

Citizens College in February 

Citizens College will be held annually just after Presidents Day.

2019
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, 9 to 10 a.m. (Optional)

2020
Feb. 10, 22, 29 and March 5

2021
Feb. 17, 20, 27 and March 4

Citizens College is designed to help participants …
 1. Learn and dialogue about key issues facing their County.
2. Meet and network with County leaders, administration and fellow students.
3. Actively participate in County Government
4. Grow in their capacity to serve as future public leaders, community volunteers or engaged citizens.

Tentative topics and activities for Citizens College include:

  • County Government 101
  • County Budget Overview
  • Property Assessments
  • Tax Collection and Revenue Allocations
  • Q&A with County Commissioners
  • Parks & Environmental Services
  • Planning & Land Use
  • Roads & Transportation
  • Human Services and Support Programs
  • Elections, Motor Vehicles and Records
  • Sheriff’s Office Overview
  • District Attorney’s Office Overview

Citizens College Homework

Unlike previous Citizens Colleges, attendees will have to do some homework prior to attending. In order to provide more time for discussions and Q&A with County elected officials and County leadership at Citizens College, attendees must watch several videos to learn about County offices and departments. This will provide foundational knowledge and give attendees time to think about questions and topics to discuss with the presenters. This should allow for better engagement during Citizens College.