County Government Academy

The County Government Academy is designed to educate, inform and engage citizens about the many services and programs Orange County Government provides its residents. The course is open to all county residents aged 16 and older and meets on Tuesday nights in the winter/spring, beginning at 6 p.m. 

County Government Academy to return

The Orange County Government Academy will return in February 2023 in a combined virtual/physical format. Please visit the schedule page for the complete schedule of presentations.


Fill out our online form to sign up today.

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About the Academy

Faculty from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will teach an overview class on the role of counties in the intergovernmental system. Orange County staff will discuss the services provided by their departments. Students also receive behind-the-scenes tours of county facilities. 


Each series of classes will also include an interactive exercise on developing a county budget that puts participants in the roles of county commissioners.

County departments represented

Staff from the following departments will present and answer questions
  • Aging
  • Animal Services
  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Elections
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Services
  • Health
  • Housing/Community Development
  • Register of Deeds
  • Social Services
  • Solid Waste