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Academy offers an up-close view of County government

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2008

TAVARES — Lake County citizens are invited to sign up for the spring edition of the Lake County Citizens’ Academy.

The spring program of the Citizens’ Academy is scheduled for March 13 to May 1 and is offered at no cost to residents. Classes are held each Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at various County Government facilities. The classes provide citizens with information and materials explaining how the various departments within Lake County Government work to serve the community. In addition, the academy allows citizens to ask questions about specific aspects of government operations in an informal setting.

Each week, different branches of County government are featured. For example, a popular class is during the third week of the academy when the four divisions of the Department of Public Safety (Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, Animal Services and Communications Systems) explain the services they provide to the community.

The facilitator of the academy is Nadine Ohlinger, Training and Wellness Specialist for the Office of Employee Services. Besides learning more about Lake County Government, other benefits of the program are a certified academy diploma and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with elected officials and the County's leadership staff.

“Academy participants graduate with an increased knowledge about the services Lake County Government provides,” Ohlinger said. “Not only does this education help participants find the services they need faster, graduates of the program help relay this information to their neighbors, friends and family members.”

For more information and to register for the free eight-week program, call Nadine Ohlinger at 343-9769 or register online. The academy is limited to 24 citizens and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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