Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Academy offer more than one class per year?
At this time, there is one class offered per year. The 2017 Class will be offered in January, February and March.
Is the Academy a partisan program?
No. It is non-partisan. It is not neutral, though, on many issues. The Academy believes that a vibrant economy depends on a healthy business climate and structures curriculum accordingly.
How many students are in each class?
Class sizes vary. The Academy focuses on quality in students selected, curriculum and instructors.
Is the tuition due when the application is submitted?
We would like the tuition paid in full by the Orientation. However, payment plans are allowed when it has been approved in advance after acceptance and in advance of the Orientation.
Does the class have homework assignments?
Yes. The homework assigned is spread out over the 8-week course and should not take a lot of personal time to complete
What are the benefits of taking this class?
You learn about the political process and what it takes to run.
Gain exposure to critical issues facing business and our community.
Have an opportunity to role play media interviews, writing op eds, developing your profile and platform
Meet business and community leaders who are willing to mentor candidates
Gain exposure to key organizations and leaders who have political action committees
Learn how to present yourself
Leave the class with a complete campaign plan
Are classes always in the evening?
Yes. Classes are from 5:30 & 9:30 p.m., usually 2 days a week over a 8-week period. Dinner is served at 5 p.m., and refreshments are available throughout the evening.
What is the dress code?
There is no official dress code, but you will want to present yourself in a positive, professional manner.