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Civic Education

Online Enrollment

Once classes are scheduled, residents can register for Glendale University (GU) and the Homeowners Association (HOA) classes from the comfort of their own homes by using the city’s new Community Education Internet Application System. Users will be able to create their own online profiles and select the classes they are interested in attending from the buttons at the bottom of the page. The new system will also keep track of all the classes you have attended via a password you create. Once you have selected your classes, a report is sent to the Neighborhood Services Coordinator registering you for the class!  (Mailed in and faxed applications will still be accepted.)

To Register

  • To register online for an upcoming course, click here.  
  • To receive an application by mail or fax, call (623) 930-2868. 
  • To download an application for a specific course, please scroll down to the class you would like to register for and click on the link.

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Glendale University

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Behind-the-Scenes Peek at City Government Offered in Glendale University Classes

Glendale University 101, a 10-session program, sponsored by Cox Communications, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how city government works, is now accepting applications through Friday, February 28th to attend classes that begin Monday, March 17th.

Glendale residents and those who own businesses in the city can sign up for Glendale University 101 (GU) to learn more about city government directly from the mayor, council members, city manager, and top city staff.  In the 18 years since the program was started, more than 900 people have attended. 

The program’s continued popularity is credited to the one-on-one interactions among attendees and the core curriculum that focuses on everything from the city courts to utilities. 

“Glendale University is a unique opportunity to meet the city’s decision makers and talk about everyone’s role in our local democracy,” said organizer Angie Wilkie of Glendale’s Neighborhood & Human Services Department.

GU 101 classes are held 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays  starting March 17th through May 19th.  The series kicks-off with a night of getting to know your Mayor and Councilmembers.  Subsequent sessions cover the inner workings of a variety of city services including:  public safety, city court, public works, community services, finance and budget and much more.  

The classes, which are free, are limited in size to encourage interaction between attendees and the elected officials and city staff who teach each unit. 

  • Click here to download the spring list of courses.

To participate in Glendale University, you must be 16 or older, a resident of Glendale or own a business in Glendale.  Attendees who complete eight of the ten GU 101 classes and attend a City Council meeting will be honored on the final night, May 19, at the graduation ceremony. 

The deadline for registering for Glendale University 101 is Friday, February 28. You can register with the application below or call the Neighborhood and Human Services department for an application at 623-930-2868.

Glendale University Graduate Classes

Glendale University Graduate classes are offered to alumni who have completed Glendale University 101.

City Announces New Class on Public Safety for Graduates of Glendale University 101
Registration is now available for a continuing education opportunity for Glendale residents who have previously graduated from the Glendale University 101 program. This free class will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 1-4 p.m. at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center, located at 11550 W. Glendale Avenue. 

The half-day class on Glendale Public Safety Training will focus on how Glendale firefighters and police officers are trained to help keep our community safe. Students will also be involved in some interactive training activities and will receive a tour of the training facility.

Registration is open through Monday, Sept. 9. The class is limited to 20 students. To register, click on the registration link above. You can also print out a “Glendale University Graduate” application below or call 623-930-2868 to receive an application by mail or fax.

Participants should be aware that the class will involve a lot of walking, climbing stairs and some strenuous activities. Students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  

Glendale University Class Archives

If you missed a class during our current session, you can view the presentations that are available below:

2013 Graduation Photos:

View photos in the flickr slideshow below. Click the slideshow to open our flickr library and view larger sizes. You can download large versions of the images for use by either right-clicking and saving the file to your desktop or clicking the three dots at the bottom right at each photo to open the actions tab. From there you have the option to view larger sizes.

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HOA Training

Serving on a homeowners’ association board can be intimidating, yet to function well, boards need to have residents who are knowledgeable and willing to serve. Helping build that knowledge base and the pool of willing residents is the motivation behind the free HOA training series offered by the City of Glendale in partnership with Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. The training is taught by HOA attorneys. The series of four classes are free to Glendale residents; when space allows, non-residents may attend, paying a $20 fee. Registration is required and can be done by contacting 623-930-2820 and using code #474099-01.

Each of the classes in the series focuses on a different topic. This series includes four evening classes held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.. All classes will be held at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown Street. Click here to download the schedule.

Congratulations to our 2013 HOA Training Academy Graduates!

More than 40 students completed the Fall 2013 HOA Training Academy. The students were Glendale residents representing all six districts, and non-residents who serve on their neighborhood HOA board or are interested in learning more about becoming a board member. The group learned how to manage and lead an HOA in this free training series, offered by the Neighborhood & Human Services Office, in partnership with Mulcahy Law Firm.

Topics included:

  • Taking the Guesswork out of Board Meetings and Annual Meetings
  • How to Properly Amend CC&Rs and Bylaws and 2013 Legislative updates regarding Community Association Laws
  • CC&R Enforcement, Board Member Responsibilities and How to Effectively Deal with Association Management Companies
  • The Architectural Review Committee, Reserves and Dealing with Difficult People
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