Two community-based organizations in Chatham County sponsor extensive educational programs that offer residents opportunities to learn more about the county and its local governments.
- CITIZENS’ COLLEGE - How Government Works: Sponsored by CCEC Institute Inc., the program is offered two times a year (fall and winter/spring) over seven weeks on Thursday evenings. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for a diverse group of citizens across Chatham County to learn about their own town and countywide governments. There is a fee of $20.00 per registrant, but some scholarships are available for those who cannot pay the $20 fee.
For more information and an application, click here.
- LEADERSHIP CHATHAM: Sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, this is an annual program consisting of a series of full-day sessions offered once a month over a nine-month period. Graduation and the presentation of the Leadership Chatham group project occurs in the 10th month. Each monthly session takes participants on a tour allowing participants to discover more about Chatham County’s government, economic development, tourism, safety, agriculture and other aspects that make up our community. The purpose is to develop informed, skilled and involved community leaders. The tuition fee is $450 for Chamber Members and $500 for non-members and includes lunch on session days, transportation, materials and graduation. For more information and an application, click here.
- The NC Association of County Commissioners has produced a video (less than 5 minutes long) to provide on overview of county government in North Carolina with links to additional information. Click here to view the video.