About the Academy

Applications are accepted online July 25 to August 15, 2016. Forty-five (45) participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. In an effort to select a cross section of Alameda County residents, employees and business owners, some consideration will be given to geographic location.

Application period is now closed.

What are the Goals of the Citizens Academy?

Increase Knowledge of Citizens. Participants become better informed about the role and structure of Alameda County in the community and gain a better understanding about what is required to run a county.
Civic Engagement. The ACCA is a program of civic engagement and increases on-going citizen participation in County government. Citizens learn how they can be more involved with Alameda County.
Networking. Participants have the opportunity to connect with other citizens from around the County. Participants and staff foster enhanced communication.


Interested individuals will be asked to submit an application form. A limited number of participants (approximately 45) will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. However, in an effort to have countywide representation, we may consider geographic location.

To successfully complete the Academy and participate in graduation, each participant must attend five of the six sessions.

What Does it Cost?

The Academy is free to participants.

Who Can Participate?

The Academy is open to anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Alameda County who has an interest in County government.

When are the Sessions?

The sessions are from 6:00 - 9:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Session 1 - September 7, 2016
  • Session 2 - September 21, 2016
  • Session 3 - October 5, 2016 *
  • Session 4 - October 19, 2016 *
  • Session 5 - November 2, 2016
  • Session 6 - November 16, 2016
* These sessions have optional tours starting at 4:30pm.


A special graduation ceremony will conclude the Alameda County Citizens Academy. Graduates will be recognized by members of the Board of Supervisors, receive a graduation certificate, and enjoy a graduation reception. Family, friends, and employers will be invited to attend in recognition of the graduate's contribution to the County.