By Holly Demaree
Understanding how any system of government operates is an encumbering task. There are multiple departments and offices that attempt to help create a successful town. The town of Fishers now offers a class for its residents to not only understand its local government but also experience it.
The Town Government Academy is a 10-week program that gives citizens an inside look on how the town of Fishers operates from department to department.
“To really help people understand what we do every day. It’s one of those opportunities that really gives people a chance to learn and really see how the local government operates. So it’s definitely one of those things where we want to help people understand what we have going on and how we operate,” said Dan Dosmic, Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator.
The course is taught by people who work in each department. Most classes are held at town hall but some classes are scheduled to be other places in the community to go along with the lesson.
“One week we will be with the community development department working with the community assets,” said Dosmic. “Another week we will go out to one of our parks and talk about what role our parks department plays. To keep things interesting for every class.”
One of the goals for the Town Government Academy is involving a diverse student population.
“We have all kinds of different students that take us up on the course,” said Dosmic. “Last class I believe I had high school seniors who participated in the last TGA session in the spring. We also have some students who are retired. There is a little bit of a mix. It’s one of those things where we are really happy when any resident is getting involved and seeing how things work.”
The course is free and open to any Fishers resident who is 18 or older. Those interested in taking the course need to enroll. The enrollment application can be found at www.fishers.in.us/tga. Applications are accepted until Sept. 21. The class sessions are every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.