Neighborhood College Program


How can citizens make an impact in their community?

NETWORK with others in the community, CONNECT on a deeper level when you find your passion, and always being willing to LEARN, and to COMMIT time and energy to making a difference.

The City of Hickory would like to invite its citizens to consider a FREE opportunity to learn about the City and the services it provides.

What is Neighborhood College?
The program is a series of professionally led sessions designed to teach citizens about the City of Hickory and the services it provides. Neighborhood College is an educational experience that will give participants insight into Hickory's history and its governmental process. Participants are encouraged to share the knowledge they receive from the program with their neighbors.

Why Participate?
You will learn about your City's government, how it works, and how it impacts your community.
You will be able to take that knowledge back to your neighbors and have the ability to be an effective leader in your neighborhood.
You will be able to take this knowledge back to your business and when there are questions that you need answered from the city, you will know the right person to call.
Are You Eligible?
To be selected, you must live or work in the City of Hickory and be willing to commit the time to this informative and interesting program. The City of Hickory will strive for diverse participation in this program.

What is the Cost?
There is no cost to Hickory citizens who attend the sessions.

What is Expected of Participants?
Participants must be willing to commit the time to attend the sessions.  Each participant must earn a specified number of credits in order to be certified as having completed the program.
Program Calendar
The next Neighborhood College program is scheduled for September 16 through November 19, 2019.  The program will run for 10 weeks with sessions held each Monday night, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at various City facilities.  The Hickory 101 program, a condensed version of the Neighborhood College program, will run in Fall 2020. The Neighborhood College and Hickory 101 programs run every other year, respectively.

Application Process
The deadline to apply for the 2019 Neighborhood College program is August 23, 2019.  Applications are available for download below.  For questions, please call Communications Specialist Sarah Killian at (828) 261-2290 or email

2019 Neighborhood College Application


76 North Center Street
Hickory, NC 28601
Communications Office: (828) 261-2290
Office Fax: (828) 323-7550


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