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Weston University Class of 2019

The Weston University Program class commences each October during Florida City Government Week.  Students spend one school day each month with city staff.  Monthly program days include instruction, conversations, observations and hands-on activities, exposing students to the variety of City services that are provided to residents.  The program provides a comprehensive look into state and local government and the intergovernmental and public/private partnerships that Weston has developed.

At the conclusion of the program, students are required to participate in a simulated City Commission meeting and utilize the knowledge they have gained throughout the program year to present and/or defend their side of several agenda issues.  Lastly, students are honored with a graduation ceremony at a City Commission meeting in May and receive awards and a memory book for their successful completion of the program.   

The Weston University Program has been highly successful.  Staff and students alike enjoy the interaction and examination of Weston's unique form of government.  Who say's government can't be fun?  The Weston University Program proves you can combine learning and fun into one enjoyable program.


Goals and Objectives

Goals

To create a unique educational and personal experience for high school students, through open communication with government officials and departments.

To expose students to the multiple layers of government and various career possibilities.

To provide a civic education on government in Florida.

To enable students to understand procedures for making their opinions and concerns known to local government.

Objectives

Students will develop an appreciation for and an understanding of local government through instruction, conversations, observation of daily activities and hands-on experiences.

Students will gain an understanding of Weston's governmental structure and the role of residents in the decision making process.

Students will learn problem-solving procedures used by city government, recognizing the positions taken by city officials and the reasons behind them.

Students will effectively participate in a City Commission simulation.


Program Days

One day per month, October – May
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Class 1
Local and State Government
Weston City Hall

Class 2
Law Enforcement Services
Weston Police Services Building

Class 3
Community Services Department
Weston Community Center

Class 4
Fire and EMS Services & Fire Marshal
Weston Fire Station No. 81

Class 5
Development Services: Planning & Zoning/Engineering
Calvin Giordano and Associates, Inc

Class 6
More Local Government and Finance
Commission Simulation Preparation
Weston City Hall

Class 7
City Commission Simulation - Mandatory attendance
Weston City Hall - Commission Chambers

Graduation Honors at City Commission Meeting
Weston City Hall


Memory Book

Click through the interactive book below to see highlights of the program. Also, check out the City's Filckr page to view albums of different program days.

Click here to view this photo book larger