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2019 Peoples Academy Applications are LIVE!

Interested in being a part of the 2019 Peoples Academy? Apply now by completing this brief application. Applications are open till August 31.  Applicants will hear back by Friday, September 13 if they are selected.  Spots fill up quickly, so sign up now! 


What is the Peoples Academy?

The Peoples Academy is a 5 week, 10 class opportunity to learn, connect and lead. Participants gather at Town or Town partner facilities to learn more about services, connect with their fellow community members, and gain valuable knowledge and understanding to lead in the Chapel Hill community.

The next Peoples Academy will take place in Fall, 2019. ALL people that live, work, play, pray or study in Chapel Hill are invited to apply. Childcare (for children ages 3 and up), meals, and transportation are provided as needed.

What will I get out of the Academy? Peoples Academy Testimonial

  • Face time with Town leadership
  • Information on Town services and operations
  • Tour Town facilities
  • Tips on obtaining a job at the Town and other local governments
  • Community leadership and communication skills

How do I apply?

Peoples Academy applications are now open through August 31, 2019.  Apply now by completing this brief application, or call 919-968-2756 to complete by phone. Paper applications are available upon request by emailing

What are the session topics?

Below are tentative dates for the Fall 2019 Academy:

  1. The Unseen Machine: Town Manager, Human Resources and Technology (Oct. 3)
  2. Because Cops Need Heroes, Too!: Field trip to Fire Training facility (Oct. 5)
  3. All About Housing: Housing and Community (Oct.10)
  4. Rolling with Public Works and Transit: Field trip to Public Works and Transit Operations Center (Oct. 12)
  5. The Future is Now: Planning and Economic Development (Oct. 17)
  6. Where's the Water?: Field trip to Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) (Oct. 19)
  7. The Fun Stuff: Library and Parks & Recreation (Oct. 24)
  8. Guardians of the Hill: Field trip to Police Department (Oct. 26)
  9. Show Me the Money!: Budget and Finance (Nov. 7) (Note: This session is from 3-8pm for all participants.)
  10. Putting it all Together: Town Tour, Call to Action with Communications and Public Affairs, and Elected Official Panel (Nov. 9)

When are sessions held?

Sessions are on Thursdays and Saturdays.  

  • Thursday sessions are from either 3-5pm or from 6-8pm (except for Session 9 which is 3-8 for all participants). You can indicate your preferred time on the application.
  • A community dinner will be provided to all participants between sessions on Thursdays.
  • Saturday sessions are from 9-noon.

Can I miss a session and still complete the program?

Yes! Participants are only required to complete 6 sessions in order to receive a graduation certificate and gift.

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2018 Class Materials

Click here for the one-pagers from each department including key responsibilities, contact information, social media and smart phone apps.

Click the below links for individual department presentations:

  1. Town Manager
  2. Human Resources Development
  3. Technology Solutions
  4. Communications and Public Affairs
  5. Fire
  6. Housing and Community
  7. Chapel Hill Transit
  8. Public Works
  9. Parks and Recreation
  10. Chapel Hill Public Library
  11. Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
  12. Economic Development, Planning and Building Services
  13. Business Management
  14. Call to Action

Questions or comments?

Email or call 919-968-2756.


Thanks, WCHL, for inviting us to speak about the Academy in November, 2018!

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