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Central Carolina Community College and Chatham County host Citizens’ College starting January 23

Posted Tuesday, December 10, 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. It is a joint program with Chatham County government.

“For 2014, we would love to have a wide range of age groups participating and all areas of the county as well,” said Debra Henzey, who coordinates the program for Chatham County Manager’s Office. “This program should appeal to all age groups and communities.”

Citizens’ College begins on Jan. 23, 2014 and will be offered every Thursday night until March 6, 2014, from 6:30- 9 pm. Locations will vary across the county, but will include the newly rebuilt Historic Courthouse, 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.

Carl Thompson, director of Continuing Education at CCCC-Pittsboro, said, “We had a very successful first year in jointly offering the program with Chatham County government. We had a full class and hope that folks will again find this a worthwhile program.”

Citizens’ College was initiated several years ago by CCEC-Institute under the leadership of Rita Spina, who worked closely with Assistant County Manager Renee Paschal to develop the curriculum. Last year, it became a joint program of the community college and Chatham County.

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

The deadline to register is Jan. 16, 2014. To register by phone or to request a printed form, contact CCCC’s Continuing Education Office at 919-545-8044.

The course schedule for 2014 is:
• Jan. 23, 2014, Overview of Local Governments, Board of Elections
• Jan. 30, 2014, Cooperative Extension, Library, Planning
• Feb. 6, 2014, Central Carolina Community College & Chatham County Schools
• Feb. 13, 2014, Fire Departments & Fire Marshal, Emergency Management
• Feb. 20, 2014, Water, Waste & Recycling
• Feb. 27, 2014, Sheriff, Police and Courts
• March 6, 2014, City & County Management, Presentation of Certificates

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

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