City of Winston-Salem University gives citizens a better understanding of city government, including the responsibilities of various city departments and the city’s role in the community.
Students are chosen through an application process. Class size is limited. It is a FREE, 12-week course which meets once a week on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes are held at City Hall and various other locations. The 2015 session runs January 29 - April 20. The application process has closed.
See what the class is all about (short version)! [video] (Long version) [video]
From left to right - Front row: Sheila Brewton, Bonnie Coe, Jennifer Nguyen, Jeffrey Smith, Sue Spainhour (program director), Linda Petrou, Daisy Rodriguez, Mildred Wood, Johnny Wehmann
Second row: Frank Stowe II, Regina Ford Hall, Charlie Shaw, Pamela Cager
Third row:Debra Macbeth, Jeff Smith, Nakida McDaniel, Willard McCloud, Bill Mark (not pictured: Michael Brock)
Class of 2014 TESTIMONIALS:
"CWSU was one of the most fulfilling educational experiences I have encountered. True learning came from demonstrations, hands on experiences, presentations and quality educators who teach what they live. I became more aware of my environmental obligations, and how I can contribute to the good of our communities." Bonnie Coe
"I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of CWSU 2014. The hands on approach to learning about city's operational intricacies from a departmental level as well as how the City of Winston-Salem operates as a cohesive unit is an opportunity you will not find anywhere else. The experience gained and connections I have made through CWSU have equipped me with the knowledge to be an ambassador for the city and valuable resources we the citizens have at our fingertips to continue to make Winston-Salem a wonderful place to live." Jeff Riley
"Didn't know what to expect when I signed up and was so pleasantly surprised. Learned so much about the inner workings of our great City of Winston-Salem and of all who keep it running. Also, met a wonderful group of citizens who were just as passionate as I to learn and get involved." Daisy Rodriguez
"What a great experience! This program taught me so much about Winston-Salem & city government that I never knew. All while meeting some great people along the way. I'm very grateful for having had the opportunity to participate." Johnny Wehmann
"I thought the program was absolutely wonderful. And, especially, as a "new" person to the City of Winston-Salem! It provided an opportunity to really learn the City - and how it operates! I now know who to call with problems, if I need a speaker, or if I have a question... And, now I can get my answers from the real experts. I am so impressed with the folks in charge -- extremely professional and knowledgeable!" Mildred Wood