FRAMINGHAM, MA – The City announced on August 22 it was launching the first-ever Framingham Government Academy.
The Academy is a free series of educational and interactive workshops guided by representatives from City departments to educate residents about a variety of municipal functions and increase their understanding of the community.
The Mayor’s office, in a press release, said the 20 participants would learn directly from City leaders about the functions of each division with the goal being that when they complete the six-week academy, they better understand the functions of the municipality.
“With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to advance their neighborhoods and improve quality of life, and be prepared to serve on boards and commissions and engage in the decision-making processes,” said the City press release from the Chief Information Officer Kelly McFalls.
The first session was on Thursday, Sept 5, with Mayor Yvonne Spicer welcoming the 20 individuals.
Other speakers included Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay, City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti and School Committee Chair Adam Freudberg.
The final session is scheduled for November 14, where the 20 individuals will participate in a Graduation ceremony at Nevins Hall with Mayor Spicer and Citizen Participation officer Alaa Abusalah.
The City of Framingham said they received 70 applications, but took the first 20 applicants, which were received within minutes.
Accepted into the Academy by the City were:
The next session discusses funding Framingham on September 19. Featured speakers include Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelly and Chief Assessor William Naser.
In October, there is a session called Keeping Framingham Safe, in which Police Chief Steven Trask and Fire Chief Joseph Hicks will speak.