Raleigh Neighborhood College

Last updated Nov. 28, 2017 - 10:49 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.

Class Schedule, Location

The Fall 2017 Session will be held 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays on the following dates:

September - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

October - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

November - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th

Graduation: Date - December 7th, Location: McKimmon Center

Each Raleigh Neighborhood College session consists of twelve classes. The Fall 2017 Session includes:

-Office of City Manager and County Managers Office

-Housing and Neighborhoods Department (Community Engagement, Community Development, Code Enforcement Divisions)

-City Planning Department and -Development Services Department

-Emergency Communications Department and Information Technology Department (GIS)

-Raleigh Police Department

-Solid Waste Services Department

-Public Utilities Department and Public Works Department (Transportation Operations Division)

-Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

-Raleigh Fire Department

-Public Affairs Department (Raleigh Television Network)

-Budget and Management Services Department; Finance Department

-Convention Center

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 to our 2017 Spring Graduates!

Aaron Afarian, Brandon Alexander,Travis Bailey, Maggie Davenport, Michelle Gill, Kristy Gray, Allie Jacobs, Christina Jones, Winnie Kaspar, Tiam Lee, Cory McIntyre, Michelle Morris, Paula O'Briant, Alicia N. Shade Tolbert, Michelle Saint-Dic, Terry Snyder, Alicia Whitney


Applications for Fall 2018 are now being accepted.

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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