Pinellas Citizen University Graduates 20 New Students Possess Degrees in "Governmentology"
In its 15th session as an in-depth orientation to Pinellas County government, Pinellas Citizen University (PCU) will graduate 20 well-informed citizens in a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pinellas County Communications Department, 333 Chestnut St., Clearwater.
PCU is a 12-week, 13-session backstage overview of county governmental departments and services. Students participate in tours and field exercises to gain a first-hand insight into how our county operates. Highlights of the sessions include a tour of the Pinellas County jail, a trip to the South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility and a chance to meet local elected officials.
"I have never felt more connected with Pinellas County government," says PCU dean's list graduate Mary Williams. "This experience has helped me to understand how the county operates and inspired me to become more involved with county activities. I appreciate exactly what the county responsibilities are, and I will vote to ensure that the best individuals will be seated on the Board of County Commissioners."
Due to budget cuts, it is still uncertain whether PCU will continue. An announcement concerning the future of the PCU program could be made next month, and will be posted on the county's website: www.pinellascounty.org.
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