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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The City of Greensboro has opened applications for its 11th City Academy program, which the City says cultivates Greensboro's future leaders by acclimating them through first-hand experience in City jobs.

From the pool of applicants, many of whom are prospective City Council members or politicians, the City will select 25 participants who represent all county districts and various backgrounds. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, attend 80 percent of the classes, submit a written statement and desire to participate and be able to pass a police background check.

The sessions, which run from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays from September 4 through November 13 (nine weeks), include various topics related to City jobs. Apply online through the City of Greensboro's website.

The City of Greensboro has opened applications for its 11th City Academy program, which the City says cultivates Greensboro's future leaders by acclimating them through first-hand experience in City jobs. WFMY News 2

Cathy Justice, community relations specialist for the City of Greensboro, said the purpose of the annual program is to encourage civic participation for community members who want to serve on a board or commission.

Kevin Elwood, a strategic information specialist for the Greensboro Transit Authority, explain the City Academy can help clarify misconceptions about City jobs and further an appreciation for City workers. Elwood teaches the City Academy portion called "Whatever Moves You," which provides an in-depth insight into the City's transportation department.

He said, "Transportation plays an important role in economic development, education and quality of life, and our job is not only to perform the functions that maintain and enhance its benefits but also to keep the public aware of these functions for the support of future growth and needs."

Watch WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show Monday to see live examples of City Academy's various sessions.

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