Citizens Academies

Citizens Government Academy

What is Citizens Government Academy?
The Celina Citizens Government Academy program provides an educational opportunity for residents and business owners to learn more about local government at the operational level. The four-month program highlights a variety of departments, programs and services and hears directly from a number of city departments. Participants will learn the basic roles and functions of municipal government through in-person simulations, presentations and activities. The Citizens Government Academy is a great way to learn more about the responsibilities of city staff and the role of Celina City Council.

Citizens Government Academy
Front Row (L-R): Joy Martinez, Peggy Lee, Jill Hastings, Pam Denson, David Hogue, Clyde Hudson, Jr., and Victoria Lovinggood.
Middle Row (L-R): Marc Vandereviere and Tony Stone
Back Row (L-R): Greg Boyer, Jeremy Page, John Hastings, Ryan Tubbs, Kelly Thompson, and Jack Ousley

Who Can Participate?
The Citizens Government Academy is open to residents and business owners in Celina who are 18 years or older. All participants must verify they will not miss more than two meetings.

Class Schedule
All classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The 2022 session starts on Thursday, July 21, and will conclude with a graduation ceremony at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 8.

2022 Class Schedule

July 21Overview of the City
August 4Behind the Scenes
August 18The Build Environment
September 1The Invisible Foundation
September 15Quality of Life
September 29Keeping Our Community Safe
October 13The Value of Service
October 27Past, Present & Future
November 3Presentation of Strategic Plans
November 8Graduation


2021 Class: Allison Alvino, Jason Bartik, Jason Branson, KJ Clark, Daniel Gall, Jr., Shane Isaacks, Juan Martinez, Sandra Martinez, Tom Parsons, Jane Ramsay, Travis Riley, Ryan Samuelson, Anthony Scudieri, and Daniel Trigo

Citizens Fire Academy 

What is Citizens Fire Academy?

The City of Celina is hosting the inaugural Citizens Fire Academy. The academy will host participants that either live in the City of Celina or those that own a business in Celina. The Citizens Fire Academy will provide an immense amount of information resulting in the class participant's thorough understanding of the life of a firefighter. Informative presentations will include SCBA, Electricity Demonstration, Suppression roles and Fire Marshal Responsibilities.  

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of "hands on" activities that our Fire Department does on a daily basis to include: 

  • Forcible Entry
  • Nozzle Operations
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • CPR Certification
  • Aerial Ladder Climb
  • Air Transportation (Helicopter)
  • Fire Ground Evolutions

Who Can Participate?

To be eligible for the Academy, participants must be at least 18 years of age and either live or work in the City of Celina. A criminal background is completed on each applicant. 

What to Expect?

Completion of the Academy provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the Celina Fire Department although not a formal fire service training academy.

Duration: 10 Weeks (Classes every week to include on Saturday)

Class Capacity: 12 participants

2022 Class Schedule

  • Class Start Date: March 10
  • Class End Date: May 10 (Graduation - July City Council Meeting)
  • Class Length: 7-9 pm (Saturday Class, April 16 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)


The 2022 Citizens Fire Academy application will be open on January 3, 2022. 


Jacob Talley, Firefighter


Citizens Police Academy

What is Citizens Police Academy?

The Citizens Police Academy is a community Relationship program that will help bridge the gap and strengthen the relationship between the Celina Police Department and the citizens they serve. During this nine (9) week, 11 class days course, participants learn about topics ranging from criminal law and patrol tactics to Criminal Investigations. The group may also take a field trip to a local detention center in either Denton or Collin County. The Citizens Police Academy will help prepare the participants in becoming ambassadors of the Celina Police Department within their communities. 

Who Can Participate?

Applicants must be a citizens or employee in Celina who is at least 18 years old. The class size will be limited due to the hands-on training that students will go through. 

What to Expect?

Topics to be covered:

  • Department Overview
  • Police Image and Personality
  • Legal/Law Class
  • Patrol Operations
  • DWI/Crash/Traffic
  • Narcotics/CID
  • Jail Tour
  • SRT
  • Simulated Scenarios
  • Live Scenarios

After graduating from the Citizens Police Academy, Alumni become eligible to train for Volunteers in Policing (VIPs). This program will allow volunteers to assist the Celia Police Department in multiple ways both in the Office or out on patrol. 

2022 Class Schedule

The projected start date is Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 6:30-9:30 pm. The academy will run every Thursday ending with a graduation date of May 19, 2022. The Citizens Police Academy will include two Saturday sessions on April 16th and May 14th. The training will be held at various locations throughout the City of Celina. Dates and locations are subject to change in the event of the Department's needs.


(972) 382-2121