Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

“This has been an eye-opening course. Glad to learn about how the City is ran and how it contributes to the well-being of its residents.” - Program participant, 2020 class

Come Learn About Your Local Government

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? How does it maintain streets and parks? Manage the budget? Make decisions? 

If so, we encourage you to register for this free eight-week civics course. Puyallup 101: Your Community’s Civics will provide insight into the workings of the City. You’ll gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and you’ll also learn how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home. Community discussion and input is encouraged.

Course Objectives

  • Offer a behind-the-scenes look into how City departments operate and how decisions are made.
  • Foster communication between the City and residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn about your Council representatives and their experience and goals in office.
  • Encourage community members to become actively involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.

Participant Eligibility

  • Be a Puyallup resident, business owner, or work in the city.
  • Be 18 years or older (0R 15 with an attending guardian).
  • Must not be running for, or currently serving in, a political office.
  • Must be willing to commit to attending at least six of the eight classes to receive a certificate of completion.
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Registration is now closed.

Check back in the March 2023 for information on our Spring quarter.

Fall 2022 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Thursdays, for eight weeks. This course will begin Thursday, September 29, 2022. The course schedule is below.

Please note that not all classes will be held at City Hall - some classes will be held off-site at other City locations (e.g., Public Safety Building, Water Treatment Plant), so adequate transportation is required. All locations have sufficient on-site parking.

Class DateClass TopicPresenting Department
09/29Local Government 101 / City FinancesCity Manager's Office / Finance / Mayor
10/06Preparing and RespondingEmergency Management
10/13   Where Your Water GoesWater Pollution Control Plant
10/20   Justice within the CommunityMunicipal Court
10/27   Keeping our Community SafePolice Department
11/03  Building and Planning for our CityDevelopment and Permitting Services
11/10   Maintaining our CityPublic Works
11/17   Our Community Services / Course GraduationLibrary / Parks & Recreation


Erica Unruh, Community Relations Coordinator