Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast is excited to announce the official launch of the new Virtual Citizen's Academy, which gives citizens an opportunity to learn more about their City government from their own computers, tablets or smart phones.

The Virtual Citizen's Academy is available online at www.palmcoastgov.com/vca.

The innovative Virtual Citizen's Academy is one of the first of its kind - if not the first. The virtual program provides residents an opportunity to learn about City operations online from the comfort of their own homes. The online academy can be done at the reader's own pace and has no deadline for completion. It is an alternative to the in-person Palm Coast Citizen's Academy.

The modules for the Virtual Citizens Academy include an introduction from Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, an overview of the City government and sections about each of the City's nine departments: Administrative Services & Economic Development, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Utility.

The modules explain the role of each department and how they function on a daily basis. Each module is a presentation of video, photos, graphics and written text. The modules are organized to be engaging and easy for the viewer to navigate.

"You're going to love this experience," said Mayor Holland. "As one of the first graduates of the Citizen's Academy of Palm Coast, it was such a value added to my life. I felt a sense of pride even greater than I did going into it, and you get to know every single part of your city."

The Palm Coast City Council requested development of the Virtual Citizen's Academy for use by citizens who are unable to attend the in-person Citizen's Academy. The modules were created by Communications & Marketing interns Hannah Hussmann and Nick Boellner of Flagler College.

The in-person Citizen's Academy will be continuing for those who prefer that option. Residents can sign up online at www.palmcoastgov.com/palm-coasters/citizens-academy. The next session, in March 2018, is full. But spots are still available for next year's two other classes, beginning in May and September 2018.

The in-person Citizen's Academy is a five-week program with most meetings on Monday evenings. Participants have the opportunity to tour several City facilities, attend dinner with City employees, and meet directors, the City Manager, the Mayor and Council Members.

The most recent Citizen's Academy was completed in October with 23 graduates. It was the 42nd graduating class in the program's history. This session's graduates were Josie Araneta, RJ Araneta, Kay Ann Bartell, Barbara Burkley, Claudia Cannady, David Cirksena, Susan Cirksena, Andrew Dodzik, Norma Francis, Rudy Francis, Barbara Holley, Barry Ivers, Yvonne Jukes, Gloria Kelly, Maria Martens, Peter Martens, Patricia McLauren, Raymond O'Connor, Bonnie Parker, Michelle Rankin, Maria Stewart, Millie Williams and Ruby Wyche.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708 or clane@palmcoastgov.com.