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Hickory 101

Learn and Connect

Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of local government? Join Hickory 101 and learn about the city departments and functions that help make Hickory a great place to live. A condensed version of our popular Neighborhood College program, Hickory 101 will cover a wide range of topics and include tours of city facilities, including city management, the Police and Fire Departments, the water treatment plant, Parks and Recreation, the airport, and library. You’ll receive a broad overview of how Hickory’s local government works for you! The class will run each Thursday for 5 weeks, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 in the City of Hickory city limits 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.

Program Calendar

Hickory 101 will run fall 2022 with classes each Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exact program dates will be available late summer 2022. A more in-depth 10-week program is offered through the City's popular Neighborhood College program, which is next scheduled to run in fall 2023. The Hickory 101 and Neighborhood College programs run every other year, respectively.

Application Process

Applications for the fall 2022 program will be available late summer. Completed applications can be mailed to City of Hickory, ATTN: Sarah Killian, P.O. Box 398, Hickory, NC 28603, faxed to (828) 323-7550, or emailed to For questions, call Communications Specialist Sarah Killian at (828) 261-2290.