Citizens Academy

The City of Victoria Citizens Academy is a free, nine-week program designed to help Victoria residents learn about their city government. 

The course is a series of presentations, tours, and demonstrations by city departments. These presentations cover the basic departmental functions and goals and are followed by a question and answer session. A meal and drink are provided at each session.

Dates & Locations

The Citizens Academy is held from January to March on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 pm

Most Citizens Academy sessions are held at:
700 Main Center, Room 205
Victoria, TX 77901

Other sessions are held at city facilities including the:

  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Fire Training Facility
  • Police headquarters
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Victoria Public Library

Participants will also have an opportunity to attend a City Council meeting.

2020 Citizen’s Academy Postponement Notice

The 2020 Citizen’s Academy has been postponed until 2021.

2019 Academy Schedule

Review the 2019 Citizens Academy Schedule (PDF)

Academy Objectives

Participants will:

  • Meet 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 Victoria’s:
    • Development
    • Emergency response services
    • Environment
    • Infrastructure
    • Library
    • Recreation
    • Tourism, and other topics
  • Participate in lively discussions and interactive activities
  • Tour city facilities
  • Become an informed, involved citizen

Apply to Join

Any residents interested in learning about city operations or who have expressed opinions about city services, operations or governing are invited to attend. We accept up to 20 citizens as academy participants.  


The academy is free to Victoria residents 21 years and older.

2021 Academy Applications

We will begin accepting applications to participate in the 2021 academy starting in the fall of 2020.

For More Information

Visit the Apply for Citizens Academy page, or call 361-485-3110 today for more information.

  1. Communications Office

    Physical Address
    700 Main Center
    Suite 113
    Victoria, TX 77904

    Phone: 361-485-3110
    Fax: 361-485-3115