Durham seeks Neighborhood College applicants

Posted July 8, 2010 8:58 a.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 9:10 a.m. EDT

— Residents looking to be more active in their neighborhoods and the Durham community will get to learn how at the 2010 Durham Neighborhood College, a class designed for residents to learn about the organization, operations and services of their city and county governments, Durham officials announced Thursday.

Applications are available for the 2010 Durham Neighborhood College. The series of classes consists of interactive sessions facilitated by local government officials, allowing residents to learn about key government operations.

The final day to apply for this year’s session is Aug. 13. All applicants must be current in their vehicle and property taxes at the time of application.

The classes will be held on nine Thursday nights beginning Sept. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and on one Saturday morning. Space in the Durham Neighborhood College is limited to 30 people.

Applications will be accepted to create a diverse participant population from as many Durham neighborhoods as possible as well as residents living outside the city limits. Students must attend nine of the 10 sessions to successfully complete the program.

A light meal is served prior to the start of each class and sessions are held at city and county facilities. There is a $30 fee for residents accepted into the program, and a limited number of scholarships are available if needed.

Area high school students ages 15 and up, as well as Latino residents, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested residents should submit a completed application to the Durham County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 200 E. Main St., second floor, Durham, N.C. 27701.

To learn more about Durham Neighborhood College, download an application or apply on-line, visit the city’s website at or the county’s website at

Applications are also available at the Durham County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners and the City Clerk’s Office. Interested applicants may also contact the city’s Office of Public Affairs at 919-560-4123 or the county’s Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 for information.