Neighborhood College


En Españo 13 February - April 3, 2014, 6-9:30 p.m.

Neighborhood College:
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: Was on January 06, 2014. 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.

Participants will learn and practice:

Session One:  February 13, 2014Welcome 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, 2014Arlington County Government
Skill building: Open-ended questions
Speaker: County Manager Barbara Donnellan
Session Three:  February 27, 2014Arlington County Board
Skill building: Advocacy and Inquiry
Speakers: Members of the County Board
Session Four:  March 6, 2014Department 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, 2014Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools
Skill building: Feedback
Speakers: School Board and County Board officials
Session Six:  March 20, 2014Neighborhood Planning and Neighborhood Conservation
Advisory Committee
Skill building: Consensus Building
Speakers: Katie Brown-Henry and member of NCAC
Session Seven: March 27, 2014Constitutional Officers – Clerk of the Court, Commonwealth
Attorney and Sheriff
Speakers: Paul Ferguson, Theo Stamos, Beth Arthur
Session Eight:  April 3, 2014Constitutional Officers – Commissioner of Revenue and
Skill building: Planning for Action
Speakers: Ingrid Morroy and Frank O’Leary

To apply:

  1. Download a copy of the Neighborhood College 2014 application or, to have an application mailed to you, call 703-575-8152 or e-mail ml@arlingtonnc.info and indicate your full name and mailing address.
  2. Fill it out completely and send it to the street address, e-mail address, or fax number at the bottom of the form.


The Community Liaison is the principal contact for the site.

For more information, contact: Project Contact

Last Modified: April 14, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611