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Cary is currently under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

About

The Town Council expressed interest in creating a "citizen's college" during a planning retreat in early 2002. The program, formerly known as the School of Government, serves as an opportunity for citizens to increase their understanding of how and when the public is involved in Cary's processes and decisions and spur even greater community involvement. The program has been offered annually since 2003.

Cary 101 provides the community with an opportunity to learn:

  • How municipal government functions
  • What services are provided
  • How citizens can become involved

Students get a behind-the-scenes look at their local government structure, culture and decision-making. Participants are chosen from all submitted applications to represent a cross-section of Cary by age, gender, length of residency and area of town. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students obtain greater awareness of the breadth and depth of Town planning and operations.

Who

Residents of Cary and Cary's ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction), high school age or older, with no disqualifying factors.

What

Eight sessions organized around Town Council goal areas:

  • Attractive, well-planned and livable community
  • Economic vitality and development
  • Effective transportation and mobility
  • Quality recreational, leisure and cultural opportunities
  • Reliable, sustainable infrastructure
  • Safe community
  • Good governance

Where

Town Hall and other Town facilities; details included in course materials provided prior to the first session.

When

Cary 101 sessions previously scheduled for March 24 through April 28 have been postponed to Fall 2020.