County Government Academy

The County Government Academy is designed to educate, inform and engage citizens about the many services and programs Orange County Government provides its residents. The course is open to all county residents aged 16 and older and meets on Tuesday nights in the winter/spring. Classes will be held first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 6 p.m. Full schedule will be posted when it is finalized.

County Government Academy to return

The Orange County Government Academy will return sometime in winter 2022 in a combined virtual/physical format. Stay tuned for more information. Including a virtual format will enable more residents to participate.

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About the Academy

Faculty from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will teach classes on the roles of counties in the intergovernmental system. Orange County staff will discuss the services provided by their departments.


With the pandemic, the CGA will likely change to a hybrid in-person/virtual format.

Each series of classes will also include an interactive exercise on developing a county budget that puts participants in the roles of county commissioners.

County departments represented

Staff from the following departments will present and answer questions
  • Aging
  • Animal Services
  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Elections
  • Emergency Services
  • Health
  • Partnership to End Homelessness
  • Register of Deeds
  • Social Services
  • Solid Waste