Stafford debuts its new citizens’ education class today. Blu’s Academy is an online class that features videos with information about the function of each Stafford County Government Department. The course culminates with an in-person “graduation” at the Government Center. The online class replaces the multi-week in-person “Citizens Academy” previously used to educate citizens about local government functions. The goal is to make the opportunity more accessible for more residents.
“The more we can educate the public about the roles of our many departments, the easier it will be for them to do business with us,” said County Administrator Randal Vosburg. “This class is a self-paced course you can access anytime, anywhere – perfect for our many commuters.”
Students can sign up for the class at www.staffordcountyva.gov/blusacademy. They will find multiple videos on that page detailing the functions of each department. They can download a worksheet asking brief questions about the information provided. They will have two months to view the videos and answer the questions but can join anytime before the graduation class.
Once the students return the worksheet to Stafford County, they are registered for a special graduation party. Students will be recognized at the party, and there will be refreshments. Staff will be present to answer any questions. Sign-ups for the class start on March 1, 2023, and graduation takes place on April 27, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Conference Room ABC of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.