Garden City University

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What is Garden City University?

The goal of offering Garden City University is to provide citizens the opportunity to learn about the City’s services and operations. Residents and visitors can learn more about the City’s municipal government and the services it provides by attending a series of classes that offer citizens a diverse background of Garden City. The six-week course is free and will cover a number of topics, including City administration, public works, public safety, finance and a variety of areas related to Garden City’s municipal government. The aim of Garden City University is to provide a better understanding of the government’s role and its relationship with citizens, as well as continue to build the relationship between government and residents to improve our community’s quality of life.

Benefits of the Program

  • Get better acquainted with the City you live in
  • Meet your local elected officials and City staff
  • Learn about a variety of City programs and services
  • Become a better-qualified candidate for City boards
  • Build your resume/portfolio
  • Become an active community member and ambassador
  • Meet residents with shared interests in the City
  • Participate in discussions
  • Tour City facilities
  • Attendees will receive a diploma and a City University graduate shirt

Class Details

  • The program is free to participate! 
  • Seasonal sessions will be held throughout the year
  • There will be six (6) scheduled classes per session
  • Classes will meet every other Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments will be served at each class

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Must live in the City of Garden City, Michigan
  • If you miss more than two sessions, you will not receive a graduation diploma
  • A minimum of 15 participants must be enrolled in the course, with a maximum of 30
  • A waiting list will be composed for the next session should demand be high

2024 Spring Class Schedule

Classes are held from 6 pm until 8 pm

  • Class #1 - March 6th
  • Class #2 - March 20th
  • Class #3 - April 3rd
  • Class #4 - April 17th
  • Class #5 - May 1st
  • Class #6 - May 15th
  • Class Schedule (PDF)