Does the Academy offer more than one class per year?

No. The Academy is offered in the fall to better coordinate with the end of summer and beginning of the political season.

Is the Academy a partisan program?

No. It is non-partisan. It is not neutral, though, on many issues. The Academy believes that a vibrant economy depends on a healthy business climate and structures curriculum accordingly.

How many students are in each class?

Class size is eight. The Academy focuses on quality—in students selected, curriculum and instructors.

Is the tuition due when the application is submitted?

We would like to receive payment no later than the Friday before the first class ; however, flexible payment plans are available.

Does the class have homework assignments?

Homework may be assigned but it is not a standard part of the curriculum.

What are the benefits of taking this class?

  • Gain exposure to critical issues facing business and our community.
  • Meet business and community leaders who are willing to mentor program participants.
  • Participate advanced level of discussions on issues that affect the community.

Are classes always in the evening?

Yes. Classes are from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., usually 2 days a week over a 9-week period. Refreshments are available throughout the evening.

What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code. We do encourage business casual. You will be playing the role of a community leader throughout the class and want to present yourself in a positive, professional manner.