Have you wondered how your county tax dollars are spent? Do you know what services Deschutes County provides to you? Community members have an opportunity to enroll in Deschutes County College, a free program aimed at educating the community about County government.
Who attends? Deschutes County residents who are interested in learning more about County government. You must be at least 18 years old and must live and work in Deschutes County.
Who teaches? County Commissioners, Department Directors and their senior managers.
For how long? Classes generally meet 11 times on Tuesday evenings. Dinner is provided to participants. Participants must attend eight or more sessions to graduate from the program.
The curriculum? Fascinating!
Each session includes interactive programs and presentations about County services and their impacts. The tentative 2017 schedule includes:
- August 29 - Meet the Commissioners / Administration
- Sept. 5 - Emergency Management, County Forester and Project Wildfire
- Sept. 12 - Road Department
- Sept. 19 - Department of Solid Waste
- Sept. 26 - Fair & Expo
- Oct. 3 - Community Development Department
- Oct. 10 - Deschutes 9-1-1 Service District and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
- Oct. 11 - Optional Tour of the Adult Jail
- Oct. 17 - The Office of the District Attorney and Community Justice
- Oct. 24 - Health Services Department
- Oct. 30 - Assessor's Office & Finance
- Nov. 7 - Clerk's Office
County College is a FREE program. Space is limited, and an application and background check are required. Applicants from Sisters, Redmond, and La Pine are encouraged to apply. Due to limited meeting space, not all applicants will be accepted.
If you're interested in submitting an application for our 2017 County College class, please fill out the online application that is included below. You can also call 541-330-4640 for more information.
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