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Learn How Our Local Government Works: Pinellas Citizen University Begins New Session April 3

Pinellas Citizen University students take part in an EMS first responder exercise.  Courtesy photo.
Pinellas Citizen University students take part in an EMS first responder exercise. Courtesy photo.

The following is a news release from the county of Pinellas: 


Ever wonder how county government works and what goes on behind the scenes in the various departments that provide local services?

Pinellas Citizen University unravels the mystery and brings students face-to-face with county administrators and decision-makers. During this remarkable 10-week course, participants go behind the scenes at many Pinellas Countyoperations and talk to the experts as the class explores a wide range of county functions.

Students meet and talk with county officials and elected county leaders. Through exciting field trips and hands-on exercises, PCU participants learn firsthand how Pinellas County provides services to nearly one million county residents.

  • Experience the drama of a 9-1-1 emergency medical response.
  • Visit to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at traffic signal control and mosquito control.
  • Tour the South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility and find out how they make reclaimed water out of wastewater.
  • Sit in the grand jury room, and talk to the judges and administrators within the criminal justice system.
  • Get an overview of tourism and economic development.
  • Tour the Pinellas County Jail.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at Supervisor of Elections.

Class enrollment is limited.  Classes meet Thursday nights, usually from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tuition for PCU is $35 which includes a class shirt, all course materials, graduation ceremony and diploma.  Registration for limited-enrollment class is on a first-comefirst-served basis. Enrollment ends Friday, March 7.

Enrollment applications and a complete course schedule are available online at www.pinellascounty.org/citizenu or by calling (727) 464-5197.

For more information about Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobileon any smartphone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in an event or class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the event or class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (V/TDD).



Granny Hodgen January 30, 2014 at 07:10 AM
With the very high percentage of elderly living here, I am at a loss to find a telephone number or location of services specific to the elderly in Pinellas County! Where is Adult Protect6ive Services? Where is Elder Care? I spent the better part of two hours yesterday trying to find any services for these folks! Where is the Consumer Protection Agency? Why, when I call any 'official' number to locate anything, I get a menu, am put on hold for too long a time, shuffled from number to number or person to person or nothing intelligent at all. I attended a senior expo at the Coliseum the other day and was surprised to find venders only and NO representatives from ANY agency, county, city, state, nor federal! Where were they? Can anyone explain any of this? I am at 388.1612 here in Pinellas.
linda_suzie January 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM
As a recent graduate of PCU, I highly recommend you take the 10 weeks and fly with all the new knowledge and understanding you come away with. So many fascinating students you make the journey with, and the facilitators are top notch. And a bargain at the price.
Dan Pressler February 01, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Granny Hodgen - Try here: http://www.pinellascounty.org/community/seniors.htm

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