February 13 - April 3, 2014 Arlington Neighborhood College 2014 is a free eight-session program taking place this year on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 - 9:30pm. Participants will learn how various County departments operate and what services the county government provides, as well as gain and sharpen communication, coalition-building, and networking skills that will help them become more effective community activists and leaders.
Who: Open to people aged 18 or older who live in Arlington County, with priority given to residents of the 11 Neighborhood Strategy Areas: Buckingham, Columbia Heights West, Pike Village Center, Nauck, Arlington View, Long Branch Creek, Radnor/Fort Myer Heights, Barcroft, Lyon Park, Penrose, And Westover
What: 2014 Neighborhood College. Dinner will be provided. Child care will be available if needed. Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be offered. Free parking available.
When: Weekly from Thursday February 13 to Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington County Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd; Sessions 1 - 8 & Graduation Ceremony.
Application Deadline: January 06, 2014 - Download Application (PDF Format) Class Space is limited to 25 participants.
Participants will be required as part of the course to conduct an individual or team research project on a topic of interest to them, and share their findings in a brief presentation to their classmates during a regular class session.
Participants will also be encouraged to commit to engage in at least ten hours of volunteer work in Arlington County after the ANC program is over and before the end of 2014.
Arlington Neighborhood College seeks participants who want to contribute to improving their neighborhoods, are interested in addressing local issues, and willing to devote energy to community activities. In addition, applicants should be open to learning more about Arlington County and to practicing effective communication skills. Applicants should be willing to commit to attending the eight ANC sessions.
|Session One: February 13, 2014||Welcome and Overview|
Skill building: Core Communication Skills/Listening Effectively
Speakers: Alumni discussing how they have leveraged what they learned in the Neighborhood College program to become more engaged in the community
|Session Two: February 20, 2014||Arlington County Government|
Skill building: Open-ended questions
Speaker: County Manager Barbara Donnellan
|Session Three: February 27, 2014||Arlington County Board|
Skill building: Advocacy and Inquiry
Speakers: Members of the County Board
|Session Four: March 6, 2014||Department of Human Services and Community Services Board|
Skill building: Practicing the use of open-ended questions and balancing advocacy and inquiry
Speakers: DHS and Community Services Board staff
|Session Five: March 13, 2014||Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools|
Skill building: Feedback
Speakers: School Board and County Board officials
|Session Six: March 20, 2014||Neighborhood Planning and Neighborhood Conservation|
Skill building: Consensus Building
Speakers: Katie Brown-Henry and member of NCAC
|Session Seven: March 27, 2014||Constitutional Officers – Clerk of the Court, Commonwealth|
Attorney and Sheriff
Speakers: Paul Ferguson, Theo Stamos, Beth Arthur
|Session Eight: April 3, 2014||Constitutional Officers – Commissioner of Revenue and|
Skill building: Planning for Action
Speakers: Ingrid Morroy and Frank O’Leary