Civic Leadership Academy (CLA)

The Catawba County Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) gives residents the opportunity to gain insight into county government services and operations through a series of interactive and engaging learning sessions with County staff. Participants will come away with first-hand knowledge of how Catawba County government works to serve the community.

*Please note that this program is a separate program from the Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. To learn more about that click HERE.

When:
CLA is offered annually each spring. Most sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the exception of two sessions: a Saturday daytime field trip and program graduation, which takes place in conjunction with a Monday evening Board of Commissioners meeting.

Where:
Sessions are held at various County government locations. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from sessions.

Who:
CLA is open to County residents. The program is capped at 20 participants.

Apply:
Registration for the Spring 2024 CLA cohort is now closed.
There is a maximum of 20 participants per program, and applications are considered in the order they are received. If applications exceed the number of available seats, you may be placed on a waiting list for future programs.

Questions? Contact Catawba County Communications & Marketing at 828-465-8203.

Sessions

Catawba County Government 101: County Management, Tax and Budget

Voting & Recording: Elections, Deeds and GIS Mapping

Public Safety: Emergency Services and Sheriff’s Office

No sessions will take place from March 27-April 8 to accommodate local spring break schedules.

Human Services: Public Health and Social Services

Nature & Culture: Library System, Cooperative Extension and Soil & Water

Land Use & Infrastructure: Planning & Zoning and Utilities & Engineering

Parks & Recycling (locations provided to program participants)

Reception with Board of Commissioners and recognition during public board meeting.