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Applications being accepted for 2011 Hagerstown Neighborhood College

September 16, 2011

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The city of Hagerstown is accepting applications for its 2011 Hagerstown Neighborhood College.

The college, which is part of the city's Neighborhoods 1st program, provides citizens with an opportunity to learn about the organization, operations and services of city government, according to the city documents.

"I don't know exactly how long the city has been doing this, but it has been a number of years," said Jonathan Kerns, city community development manager.

The college is an eight-week program with sessions each Monday, beginning on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m., Kerns said.

Historically, the city hosted the college in the spring, but this year the program will take place in the fall, he said.

Each participant must commit to at least six of the eight sessions and will be required to take part in a field assignment, the city documents said.

Field assignments include attending a city board or commission meeting, visiting the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts or seeking out various historical sites, Kerns said in an email.

Anyone is welcome to apply for the college, but preference will be given to city residents, he said.

Applications received by Sept. 23 will be given priority consideration. Later applications will be accepted if space is available, the documents said.

Space is limited to 20 participants, and applicants not selected will be put on a waiting list for future sessions, the documents said.

— Kate S. Alexander

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