RENO — Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the spring session of the award-winning Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program, provided by the city of Reno.
Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of the city’s structure, processes and services through hands-on exercises and presentations. Activities include a mock planning commission meeting and a mock trial as participants and legal staff take on various courtroom roles. Participants also visit the 911 dispatch center to get a taste of the fast-paced and inner workings of public safety. A trip to a local fire station includes trying on some of the firefighting gear and seeing the apparatus up close.
The free eight-week RCI program is hosted on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at various city facilities. Classes begin Feb. 28 and continue through April 17. Registration deadline is Feb. 22. Applications for the spring session and more information about the program are available online at www.reno.gov or by calling 334-INFO (4636).