DCA students don’t just sit in a classroom; they are actively engaged in experiencing the challenges that affect city staff every day. Each week promises a new, experiential session with various city departments. DCA students learn not just the details, but become quite knowledgeable about the why behind the decision making. DCA is offered only once a year. Classes meet for nine successive weeks on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00-9:00p.m. By limiting the class size, each student gains the full benefit of each experience.
What are the physical demands for participating in DCA?
Every session involves considerable walking, standing and periods of sitting and/or riding in vehicles. Sessions are held, both, indoors and outdoors. Participants may be exposed to periods of normal outdoor temperature variations, humidity, dust, odors, rough and/or uneven walking surfaces, and elevated opengrid walking surfaces. DCA is a behind-the-scenes experience and participants are gaining access to and experience of the normal work conditions involved in providing services to citizens. Every effort is made to assist individuals with full participation and access.
What are the requirements for enrollment?
DCA students must be residents of Dunedin and must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted June 1st -August 1st and enrollees will be selected through a “blind-draw” process. Once accepted, your registration fee of $25 will be due within 10 days.
What is covered in the tuition cost?
The tuition cost of $25 covers course materials (notebooks, class handouts, etc.), a DCA class shirt, diploma, and a graduation ceremony.
What is DCA’s graduation criterion?
In order to graduate from Dunedin Citizens Academy (DCA), you will need to earn 180 credits. You will each 20 credits per class you attend. Therefore, by attending every regular class from the Government 101 (week #1) through Community, Art & Graduation (week #9) you will have earned 180 credits – the graduation requirement. Honors students graduate with 220 credits and Dean’s List student’s graduate with credits of 230 and above. Each class will have a valedictorian who graduates with the most points over the 9 week class. Opportunity for “extra credit” are available by such things as attending a Thursday Commission meeting, returning the class evaluation forms, attending a Code Enforcement or DRC meeting and visiting the Dunedin Historical Museum or the Chamber of Commerce.
Where are the sessions held?
The 9-week curriculum typically involves seventeen different locations throughout the city. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various session locations.