Citizens Academy

Are you interested in learning how county roads are plowed every winter? How Hennepin County is involved in light-rail transit? What about learning how county taxes are assessed and where your tax money goes? The Hennepin County Citizens Academy will address questions like these and more.

The Fall 2014 citizens academy is full. To place your name on our waiting list in the event of cancellations, visit the registration page. 

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Academy information

The Hennepin County Academy, offered free to the public, also provides residents the opportunity to meet in person with county government leaders and learn about all the services that keep employees busy year round. You will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of many of our facilities. Participants must be at least 18.

Session topics and locations

  • Your county government – Minnetonka
  • Transportation – Medina
  • Human services and public health – Brooklyn Center
  • Medical services – downtown Minneapolis
  • Sustainable development and environmental services – downtown Minneapolis
  • Law enforcement and corrections – Plymouth
  • 4th judicial district court, public defender, collaborations and volunteering – downtown Minneapolis


Hennepin County 1852 - 2002

This booklet was created to provide some of the historical highlights of Hennepin County's 150 years, as well as an overview of Hennepin County government. Reference copies of the booklet are available at Hennepin County Library.

Why counties matter

Watch a video to see the role of counties in the United States.

Session materials and schedule

The academy runs for seven weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., from September 11 (the only Thursday) through October 22, 2014.

Week 1: your county government

Week 2: transportation and county fleet

Week 3: human services and public health


Week 4: medical services

Week 5: sustainable development and transit, economic development and environmental services

Week 6: law enforcement and corrections

Week 7: 4th judicial district court, public defender, collaborations and volunteering

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