Raleigh Neighborhood College

Last Modified: January 24, 2014
Fall 2013 Graduates
Fall 2013 Graduates
Raleigh Neighborhood College on Tour
Raleigh Neighborhood College on Tour

Front row from the left: Birgid Buntic, Julia Matthews-McClain, Adailia Darby, Lavelle Rhodes, Stacey Lundy (Community Services Specialist) Cecile Williams, Elizabeth Altman. Back row from left: Adam Chasen, Lynnette Barber, Gloria McCarter, Amy Smith, Reed Nichols (not pictured) Dorian Black, Utica Cason, Meshareese Crowder, Carole Meyre, Debbie Richerson

Learn about local government services in Raleigh and Wake County through this free series of classes sponsored by the Community Services Department.

Benefits, Classes

Benefits: Neighborhood College offers participants the tools to become actively involved in neighborhood and community organizations. Many graduates serve as a resource for their neighbors or go on to become leaders in Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) and neighborhood organizations.

Students meet Raleigh and Wake County staffers who offer an inside look at the services and programs offered by the City of Raleigh and Wake County. Classes may include a trip to the Raleigh Television Network for a simulated taping and visits with the Raleigh Police Department and Fire Department.


  • March 13th: City and County Government
  • March 20th: Community Services
  • March 27th: Public Works and Solid Waste Services
  • April 3rd: Raleigh Fire Department
  • April 10th: Budget and Finance
  • April 24th: Planning Department and Community Development
  • May 1st: Development Services and Information Technology
  • May 8th: Raleigh Police Department
  • May 15th: Public Utilities & Inspections
  • May 29th: Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • June 5th: Emergency Communications and Raleigh Television Network
  • June 12th: Graduation, Five Points Center for Active Adults

Testimonials from Neighborhood College Graduates

Jeff Murison, executive director of the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corp. "As a new resident, it was a great program to immerse myself in the City and really learn the basic nuts-and-bolts things that you would pick up in a lifetime of living somewhere. It helped me cement a permanent connection."

Charles Haywood, employee of the N.C. Justice Department "Raleigh Neighborhood College just reaffirmed that everybody's opinion matters. We should take an active role in how the City is shaped and making it a city that is comfortable as well as prosperous now and in the future. We each have a hand in that."

Clodagh Bastian, executive director of International Focus "It connected me personally more to the City. I feel that I not only know more about the workings of the City but I feel more a part of it because of the experience."

Fall 2013 Graduates

Elizabeth Altman, Lynnette Barber, Dorian Black,Birgid Buntic, Utica Cason, Adam Chasen,Meshareese Crowder, Adailia Darby, Julia Matthews-McClain,Carole Meyre, Gloria McCarter, Reed Nichols, Lavelle Rhodes, Debbie Richerson, Amy Smith, Cecile Williams


The Spring 2014 session will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday's; March 13th, 20th, 27th
  • April 3rd, 10th, 24th
  • May 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
  • June 5th

A Graduation Ceremony will commence on June 12th 2014 : Location: Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Rd., Raleigh, NC at 6:00 P.M.

We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2014 Session.

Applications will still be accepted after session is full and be placed on the wait list. Wait List members receive priority for the next Session. Your application will be considered in the order it is received. You may apply online or print an application to submit by mail. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants to make sure classes are lively and students have a chance to interact with City officials.

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