Citizens Academy

4 people in firefighters turncoats

Citizens Academy students learn about firefighting.

The next Citizens Academy will be held on April 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016.

The City of Hopkins offers the Citizens Academy as a free opportunity to find out more about how your City works.

This four-session course is designed to give you an in-depth look into City departments and programs. Each City department team will bring attendees behind the scenes and into the operations. The sessions, which run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, are designed to be interactive as well as fun and informative.

2013 Graduation:
Listen to what previous Academy participants had to say about the Citizens Academy (below).

Several people in a graduating class of the Citizens Academy

Citizen's Academy 2013



  • Assistant City Manager


Recent graduate remarks

"It was fascinating learning about our City government."

"I'm glad to be invited to this class. I think every resident should, sooner or later, attend these sessions."

"Fun, informative, good presentations, good information. Well worth my time."

"I'm glad to live in a city where this class is offered."

"Thank you for being so detailed in your explanations of how the Police Department works with the staff, citizens, and community."

"The staff was really informative and genuine. It makes me proud to be a member of a community with such a Police department."

"I have been in Hopkins 24 years and never really realized there was so much behind the scenes."