Government Citizens Academy

The Government Citizens Academy (GCA) allows Chesterfield residents to learn about their local government through interactive sessions and optional tours of facilities. Participants receive a comprehensive look at the how and the why of local government programs. GCA sessions offer an opportunity for participants to learn directly from department leaders, including members from the Board of Supervisors, as well as offer feedback. 

GCA is intended for a diverse audience, so it's for you, regardless of if you are a curious high school student, a new business owner, a prospective homeowner looking to move into the community, a resident looking for volunteer opportunities, a resident of the community for 30 years, or any other member of the Chesterfield community. View a video about previous participants' experiences.

Upcoming GCA Sessions

The spring 2023 academy is nine sessions offered at various locations throughout Chesterfield County on Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m., March 16-May 18 (no class April 13).

GCA Application Process and Selection

Registration is open Dec. 1-Feb. 15. Entry into the Government Citizens Academy will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited, so those unable to attend a particular session may be placed on a waiting list.

For more information, email the Government Citizens Academy or call 804-796-7141. Those interested in participating in the academy must fill out the form below. Those accepted for a particular session will be notified by email.