Citizens Academy

2020 Session Information



The 2020 Citizens Academy will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm from March 24 to May 5. An optional graduation ceremony will take place at 9am at the Board of Commissioner's Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 19. 

Online applications are now being accepted.

For questions or to learn more information contact Amy Holst at (507) 304-4491.


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Get an Inside Perspective on Government



The Blue Earth County Citizens Academy is a seven-week program designed to give citizens a unique "behind-the-scenes" look at government. The program offers participants insights into how Blue Earth County employees perform their jobs and how each department serves the community. 
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Classes are taught by county leaders and will cover a variety of topics for participants to learn about, including the sheriff's office, public works, human services, criminal justice system, and environmental services. They will also feature tours of many county buildings, including the:
  • Historic Courthouse
  • Justice Center: courts and county jail
  • Blue Earth County Library
  • Ponderosa Landfill
  • and more!
Classes are held Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm for seven weeks. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Graduates also receive special recognition at a County Board Meeting following the sessions.