County Government Academy

The County Government Academy educates community members 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 2024. View the 2024 curriculum and schedule.

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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, including the 911 Communications Center, the Emergency Operations Center and the Animal Services facility. 

County departments represented

Staff from the following departments will present and answer questions
  • Aging
  • Animal Services
  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Elections
  • Emergency Services
  • Environment, Parks & Recreation
  • Health
  • Library
  • Planning
  • Social Services
  • Solid Waste
  • Tax
  • Volunteer Opportunities