Public Works Citizen’s Academy

2021 Citizens' Academy CANCELED

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the 2021 Citizens’ Academy has been canceled this year.

We hope to bring our program back in 2022!

What is the Citizen’s Academy?

Have you ever wondered how Golden’s water is treated? How we maintain and repair infrastructure? How we map and track assets within the community? How it is all budgeted? These are the kind of questions we will answer at the Public Works Citizen’s Academy. Learn directly from Public Works crews and staff about how they use evolving technologies and equipment on tasks all around Golden.

What is the time commitment?

The Academy is made up of seven sessions and a graduation at City Council meeting, totaling 20 hours of class time. Beginning on August 25, 2021, sessions will be held Wednesday evenings and and two Saturdays throughout September. Refreshments provided at evening classes and lunch provided for Guanella Reservoir field trip.

Where does the Academy take place?

The Academy will meet in one of three buildings- Public Works Administrative Office at 1445 10th St, Public Works Shops at 1300 Catamount Dr, or Golden’s Water Treatment Plant at 1409 10th St. Transportation will be provided to Guanella Reservoir.

Who applies for this program?

Anyone is welcome to register! We have had participation from students, professionals, and retirees. Some of our participants hold positions on Golden boards and commissions, and this academy can be helpful to those who are planning to run for such positions. While sessions are geared towards adults, residents who are under 18 are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian.

What will the Academy cover?

During the Academy we will touch on all six of the Public Works Divisions — Streets, Stormwater, Utilities, Engineering, Building, and GIS. We will explore methods and technologies through interactive hands-on activities, tours of City facilities, and equipment demonstrations. Participants will receive all necessary safety equipment such as reflective vests and hardhats.

I have more questions, where can I get answers?

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Shauna Paulson at 303-384-8152 or

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