Civics 101

Overview

Civics 101 is a ten-week citizens' academy designed to educate, inform, and Civics 101 Classes 2023
entertain residents interested in learning more about Davidson's municipal government.

There will be a Welcome Event for registered participants on Saturday, March 9, 2024 and classes begin at the Town Hall & Community Center on Thursday, March 14, 2023, continuing through May. They meet each Thursday with the exception of April 4 (CMS Spring Break).  Applicants can choose to sign up for either the morning class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or the evening class from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Classes will conclude with a combined 7:00 p.m. session on Thursday, May 21 with the Davidson Board of Commissioners. A graduation celebration will follow.

In order to offer Civics 101, each class must enroll a minimum of 15 participants. Acceptance into the program is on a first come, first serve basis and will be capped at 25 participants. Those who apply must commit to attending all class sessions.

If you would like more information about the program, please email Wendy Matthews, Town of Davidson Communications Assistant. 

Eligibility and Applying for Civics 101

This free program, which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year (2024), is open to those 18 years of age and older who:

  • have not previously taken the class AND
  • who are Davidson residents or residents of Davidson's extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), OR
  • who own a Davidson business or work in Davidson.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss departmental functions and operations with town department heads, tour the fire and police departments, learn about town history, and take part in a personalized questions and answer session with the Davidson Board of Commissioners. Regardless of how long you have lived in Davidson, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the town government, meet elected officials, town staff, and other residents.

Registration for the 2024 Civics 101 class is now closed. Applicants will be contacted once the Communications Department has processed all of the registration forms. Thank you for your patience.

2024 Class Schedule 

  • Daytime class meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Evening class meets 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2024, 9:00-12:00
  • Welcome Event for registered participants
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center (251 South Street)
Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Session 1 - Local Government Overview (Operational Excellence)
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Session 2 - Town History and Historic Preservation
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • Session 3 - Sustainability & Natural Resources
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, April 4, 2024 NO CLASS (CMS Spring Break)

Thursday, April 11, 2024
  • Session 4 - Finance: Tax Dollars at Work
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Session 5 - Affordable Living, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Session 6 - A Well-Planned and Livable Community & Economic Development
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • Session 7- Public Safety - Fire (Operational Excellence)
  • Location: Davidson Fire Station 1 (216 S. Main Street)
Thursday, May 9, 2024
  • Session 8- Public Safety - Police (Operational Excellence)
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Session 9 - Q & A with Town Manager Jamie Justice
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center
Thursday, May 23, 2023
  • Session 10 - Conversation with the Davidson Board of Commissioners at 7:00 p.m. (this is a combined session with both classes)
  • Graduation Celebration
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall & Community Center