Citizens Academy

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In 2015 the City of American Canyon created Citizens Academy — a program of classes designed to help the community learn more about their local government.

Community DevelopmentThe mission of the program is to help develop future community leaders and build a better community by creating well-informed and engaged residents.  Classes will help participants understand key roles and functions in the city and how they interact to form a strong and effective government.

This is a free program for American Canyon community members age 18 and older.  If you are interested in your community and how to make it better, this is a great opportunity for you.  




During the eight classes, you will have the chance to: 

  • Meet with the City management team, including the City Manager and department heads
  • Learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate
  • Ask questions of the management team
  • Hear the current status and future plans for American Canyon's development
  • Learn about current issues and proposed projects in the City
  • Participate in discussions about City policy
  • Tour City facilities


  • Introduction, history and understanding the big picture 
  • Money Matters - How government is funded and where the money goes
  • Public Safety - Police Department
  • Public Safety - Fire Department
  • Parks, Open Space, Leisure and Recreation
  • Developing and Maintaining the Community: Land use, zoning and new development
  • Public Works, Engineering, Transportation and Utilities
  • Putting it all together – how the community makes policy choices

The next session is planned for Fall 2018, the application period is closed. Click here to be added to the mailing list for future sessions. For questions, contact Jen by email or (707) 647-5355.


Winter 2015 Graduates

Pictures from Winter 2015

Winter 2015 Graduates

Fall 2015 Graduates

Pictures from Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Graduates

Summer 2016 Graduates

Pictures from Summer 2016

Summer 2016 Graduates