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Neighborhood College 2023

Neighborhood College program offered this fall

The City of Hickory will offer its popular Neighborhood College program this fall for citizens wishing to learn about the functions of local government. The 2023 Neighborhood College program is a free series of professionally led sessions designed to teach citizens about City of Hickory government and the many services it provides. The immersive, 9-week program is an educational experience that gives participants insight into how the City operates on a day-to-day basis, as well as how it plans for the future.  

Classes will be held on Monday evenings, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., beginning on September 11. Each class will feature a different City department or function and will include behind-the-scenes tours of City facilities. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, November 7, in conjunction with the Hickory City Council meeting. 

The Neighborhood College program is open to individuals who live or work in the City of Hickory and is limited to 20 participants. Interested individuals must submit an application by Friday, August 18. Additional information and applications can be accessed online at Please contact Communications Specialist Sarah Killian at 828-261-2290 or with any questions about the program.