City of Norman Citizens Academy, 2023

UPDATE, 6/9/23: All slots for the 2023 Citizen's Academy have been filled and selected participants will soon be contacted to confirm participation in the program.


The City of Norman Citizens Academy takes advantage of every opportunity to share information with residents about how their tax dollars are being spent. The Citizens Academy is a free interactive program designed to familiarize the general public with roles, services and operations that comprise Norman City Government. The program focuses on educating residents, business owners and interested persons of Norman on how daily city government operations contribute to building a better community.



  • Applicants must make a commitment to attend all sessions. Applicants will receive one to two emergency absences. Applicants must agree to the terms and conditions of the program.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must be able to provide their own transportation.
  • Applicants must either be a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, a business owner in Norman, or employed full-time in Norman.
  • Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The primary form of communication from City officials to class participants will be via email.
  • The Citizens Academy is a learning and informational program. Acceptable conduct and attire standards will be maintained by participants to assure each session is a positive experience.



  • Meet with Norman City Council members, department heads and staff.
  • Learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate.
  • Enjoy comprehensive overviews of departments and programs and services.
  • Discover the current status and future plans for Norman’s development, traffic, growth management, recreation, the environment and other topics.
  • Participate in lively discussions, role-playing, and other fun interactive activities.
  • Tour and view city facilities, receive T-shirts and educational materials.
  • Learn how to best navigate official City of Norman communication avenues.
  • Become an informed and involved citizen.



  • Applications will be accepted through 7/3/23 or until the academy is filled. The academy is capped at 25 participants.
  • The City of Norman Citizens Academy is a14-week course that culminates with a graduation ceremony. The program will occur on Mondays, starting on 7/24/23. Upon being accepted into the program, participants will be contacted and given a detailed schedule. Program courses will take place at various facilities and participants should refer to the course schedule or contact the class instructor with any questions. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from each course.



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