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CCCC and Chatham County partner to offer Citizens’ College in 2013

Posted Monday, January 21, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - Do you want to know more about the Chatham County community you live or work in? Especially how its local governments work to carry out important services and programs? Would you like to earn continuing education credits in the process?

Anyone interested in learning more about county and town government is invited to enroll in Chatham County Citizens’ College, offered through Central Carolina Community College’s Continuing Education Program in Pittsboro.

The course is jointly offered by CCCC-Pittsboro and Chatham County, with scholarships to cover the $25 registration fee offered by CCEC-Institute, Inc.

Citizens’ College begins on March 7, 2013 and will be offered every Thursday night until April 18, 2013, from 6:30- 9 pm. Locations will vary across the county, but will include the new Justice Center, North Chatham Fire Station and Jordan Lake Water Treatment Plant.

The main goals are to help participants better understand how major county and town services operate and who manages them; explore options for serving as volunteers to help local governments; get to know key managers and department heads; and interact with other interested residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Rita Spina with CCCC-Institute, Inc. worked with Renee Paschal, assistant county manager, to develop the curriculum and offer the first program eight years ago.

“CCCC in Pittsboro is excited to now include this wonderful program in our Continuing Education offerings,” said Dr. Karen Allen, provost of CCCC-Pittsboro. “It fits perfectly with our mission to foster stronger communities and informed citizen.”

Carl Thompson, director of Continuing Education at CCCC-Pittsboro, said, “It is a tribute to Rita Spina that the program has evolved to the point that it is now part of our Continuing Education options. She worked hard with Renee Paschal to develop and fine-tune the curriculum over the past eight years.”

The fee for registration is $25, but limited scholarships to help cover this cost are available through CCEC – Institute, Inc. If interested in a scholarship, contact Debra Henzey with the County Manager’s Office at 919-542-8258.

REGISTRATION!!! The initial deadline to register is Feb. 22, 2013. To register for the class by phone or to request a printed form, contact CCCC’s Continuing Education Office at 919-545-8044.


3/7/13 Introductions, History of Chatham County, Role of Local Government and Elections: Location: CCCC-Pittsboro

3/14/13 Planning, Cooperative Extension & Recreation
Location: Agriculture Auditorium, Pittsboro

3/21/13 Central Carolina Community College & Chatham County Schools,
Location: Margaret Pollard Middle School

3/28/13 Health, Water, Waste & Recycling
Location: Water Treatment Plant on Jordan Lake

4/4/13 Sheriff, Police and Courts
Location: Justice Center, Pittsboro

4/11/13 Emergency Ops, Fire Departments & Fire Marshal
Location: North Chatham Fire Station

4/18/13 City & County Management , Presentation of Certificates
Location: Historic Courthouse, Pittsboro

MORE INFORMATION: If you have additional questions about the course, contact Debra Henzey at or 919-542-8258.

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