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2012 Arlington Neighborhood College

posted Jan 13, 2012, 11:52 AM by Lilly Mancilla
, a County-sponsored leadership program designed to foster community activism. 

The free eight-week program seeks to develop effective community leaders and is open to all Arlingtonians, with a particular focus on residents from one of the eleven 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.  
 
Now in its 12th year, the Neighborhood College offers an opportunity for county residents to sharpen and practice their interpersonal communication skills, meet and discuss current issues with elected officials and key professional staff members, and learn how the county government functions and how to become more active and effective in community affairs.
 
Participants in previous years have gone on to become active in their neighborhood associations, in volunteer organizations, and as advocates regarding issues of interest to the community.
 
In 2011, Neighborhood College participants met with County Board member Walter Tejada, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, County Manager Barbara Donnellan, and then-District Three Police Commander Michele Nuneville (now in charge of the Arlington County Police Department's Criminal Investigations Section), among others.
 
Participants also took part in individual projects that included attending Arlington Circuit Court, speaking on an issue of concern to the County Board, learning about plans for the County's libraries, riding on patrol with members of the Arlington Police, and investigating volunteer opportunities in Arlington County.
 
The program has been expanded to eight weeks in 2012.  Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from March 1 to April 26 (except for April 5, as there will be no program the week the county's public school are on spring break).   Class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the County Building, 2100 Clarendon Blvd (not at the Walter Reed Career Center as previously announced).  
 
Dinners will be served, child care will be provided as needed, parking is available under the building and in the open-air lot next door, and the Court House Metro station is only steps away.
 
Participation is free but spaces are limited. 
 
Residents who are committed to improving their neighborhoods, interested in neighborhood issues, and willing to bring energy to neighborhood activities are encouraged to apply.  
 
For more information or an application, interested Arlingtonians may call 703-575-8152, email ml@arlingtonnc.info or download an application at www.arlingtonva.us/departments/cphd/ons/college/CPHDOnsCollegeCurriculum.aspx.
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