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Town of Indian Shores

Posted on: February 7, 2019

Pinellas Citizen University Begins March 13

Pinellas County residents can experience a behind-the-scenes look at how their county government provides first-class services in this year’s Pinellas Citizen University.

Participants will get an inside look at various Pinellas County operations each week and talk to the experts as they explore a wide range of county functions. Classes generally meet Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Applications are available online at or by calling (727) 464-4600. The deadline to apply for this year’s session is Thursday, Feb. 28.  Tuition is $35, which includes snacks, all course materials, graduation ceremony, class photo, and diploma.

During the six-week course, participants will learn about the five goals of the county’s Strategic Plan with a focus on how employees are setting the standard for public service and making Pinellas an even better place to call home.
Throughout the course, participants will: 

  • Learn about the budget and better understand how the County manages funds, including the Penny for Pinellas.
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Pinellas County Jail and its facility operations.
  • See what it takes to plan a hurricane evacuation in the face of an approaching storm and how to stay safe.
    Participate in a Touch-A-Truck demonstration of the Public Works equipment used to bring you safe, effective transportation and faster travel.
  • Tour the Waste-to-Energy Facility at Solid Waste and learn how it processes over 800,000 tons of waste per year, providing electricity to power 40,000 homes.
  • Find out how our Utilities department delivers safe, high-quality drinking water and reuses wastewater for irrigation.
  • Hear about opportunities to excel after graduation and how to get involved in your community.

These are just a few of the exciting experiences planned for this year’s session of Pinellas Citizen University. 

Upon completion, each graduate receives a diploma signed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and a class picture to commemorate the event.

Registration for the limited-enrollment class is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to residents who have not previously participated in PCU. Upon acceptance, a packet will be emailed to all participants with instructions, meeting places, a list of classes and other session information. 

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