Neighborhood College

February 2024 Update: The Neighborhood Services Division is postponing the Arlington Neighborhood College spring 2024 session. If you would like to be notified when the application period opens for the next Neighborhood College cohort, please sign up using the form below.

Neighborhood College is a FREE 11-week program that aims to foster a more active and informed community by giving Arlingtonians who want to become more involved an opportunity to understand their local government and countywide interests.

Since its inception in 2000, more than 500 Arlingtonians have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, civic association officers, County Board members, volunteers at nonprofit organizations, local activists, and more. 

Through this program, participants will:

  • Learn about various County departments and agencies and interact with key staff
  • Tour County facilities to learn about County operations and services 
  • Gain the knowledge needed to increase their impact within the County and their communities
  • Meet and network with other Arlingtonians interested in improving the community

Classes will be held on 11 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. To graduate, participants are expected to attend at least nine of the sessions, attend a County Board meeting, a commission meeting, or a civic association meeting during the program period, and commit to volunteering 10 hours in Arlington County within six months of completing the program.

Additional Information:

  • The program will consist of a mix of virtual and in-person sessions (see tentative schedule below)
  • The program is open to anyone aged 18 or older who lives or owns a business in Arlington
  • Enrollment is limited to 25 participants
  • Graduation will take place at the final session

The technology needed to participate online is:

  • A computer with webcam, tablet with camera, or Smartphone
  • A device with a microphone or headphones with a microphone
  • High-speed internet connection
Session  Date  Topic*  Location
1  April 12 Arlington 101  In person, location TBD
 2  April 19 Management and Finance VIRTUAL
 3  April 26 Human Services In-person, Sequoia
 4  May 3 Housing VIRTUAL
 5  May 10 Public Safety  In-person, Police Station
 6  May 17 Planning VIRTUAL
 7  May 24 Libraries In-person, Central Library
 8  May 31 Transportation VIRTUAL
 9  June 7 Parks and Recreation In-person, Lubber Run Community Center
 10  June 14 Sustainability VIRTUAL
 11  June 21 AED + Graduation In-person, location TBD

*Topics and facility tour locations subject to change