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Navasota Citizens University 2023 Graduates

May 31, 2023 - 00:00
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The 2023 Navasota Citizens University (NCU) class graudated from their 7 week program last week and the 17 participants were presented program diplomas by Mayor Bert Miller at the City Council Meeting May 22.

NCU offered residents the opportunity to try their hand as government finance managers, firefighters, police officers, wastewater operators and other officials. Participants got a first-hand look at how government operates and how decisions are made.

“NCU is a chance for residents to have a handson, interactive experience hearing from city officials and employees, and exploring facilities,” said Marketing & Communications Director, Bobbie Lehrmann. “This provides participants with a unique understanding of how their city government works, helps educate residents, and continues The City’s commitment to transparency.”

The 7-week, eight session program, offered interactive “real world” classes that acquainted participants with the inner workings of Navasota City government. The once-a-week classes lasted approximately two hours and were taught by leaders from city departments. Students received the opportunity to learn about setting a budget, tour city facilities, go behind the scenes with police officers, run tests on wastewater, and experience the challenges encountered by firefighters as they save lives. They also met with department directors to learn how various departments serve citizens.

NCU 2023 graduates include Louis Vidotto, Tonya Britton, Scotty McDonald, Sharon Hudson, Sabrina Killingsworth, Ernest Mc-Craw, Monica Thompson, Jennifer Ramirez, David Ramirez, Alan Phillips, Megan Barcak, James Harris, Michele Steinhauser, Ed Murphy, Michael Medeiros, Greg Andersen and Irais Castellon The City of Navasota looks forward to offering this program again in 2024.