Raleigh Neighborhood College

Last updated Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:37 am

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


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 provide 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.

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."

Congratulations 2016 Fall Graduates!

Joe N. Alaniz, Essence Bernier, Deborah Bourne, Kimberly Brown, Ellie Daw, Tom Edwards, Amanda Franklin, Mariana Gardinali, Gayle Gayton, Judy A. George, Christopher Golden, Kay Harris, Shirley M. Mack, Kasandra Martinez, Judy Payne, Robert Peacock, Robert Simmons, Debra Smith, and Pierre Tong


The Spring 2017 session will be held on Thursdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting March 2nd through May 18th. The sessions will end with a RNC Graduation to be held on May 23rd, 2017. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 class. Spring 2017 is full. Don't wait to sign up as space is limited!

Class Dates:

March - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

April - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

May - 4th, 11th, 18th

Graduation - May 23rd, 2017

You may apply online or print an application to submit by mail. To ensure classes are lively, and students have a chance to interact with City Officials, enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applications will be considered in the order they are received.

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