There is still time to apply for the 2020 Blue Earth County Citizens Academy. Residents have until Friday, March 6 to submit an application.

The program is designed to give citizens a unique behind-the-scenes look at government. It offers participants insight into how Blue Earth County employees perform their jobs and how each department serves the community. Classes are taught by county leaders from a variety of departments and will cover a range of areas for participants to learn about, including Probation, the Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Human Services, Public Works, Library, Elections, Administration, and Property and Environmental Resources. Classes will also feature a rare hands-on learning experience through tours of many county buildings, including the newly completed Government Center addition and soon-to-be-completed renovation, Historic Courthouse, Justice Center (jail and courts), Library, Ponderosa Landfill, and more.

Citizens Academy is a free, seven-week program. Classes are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. from March 24 through May 5. An optional graduation ceremony will take place at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, age 18 and above. Citizens from throughout Blue Earth County are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit or contact Amy Holst at (507) 304-4491.