City of Winston-Salem University

Applications for the 2015 class will be available October 2014 

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 class is currently in session. 

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    City of Winston-Salem University 2014 Class

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)


Marquis Barnett  - "I enrolled in City of Winston-Salem University (CWSU) to become a more community conscious person and to enhance my knowledge of City operations. The experience of learning from City officials and Department Heads gave me unique insight into the complications of municipal government, and new insight on what I can do as a citizen to help my City grow and develop. Interacting with other participants and alumni has afforded me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and I recommend this program to any person who wants to learn how to help the City of Winston-Salem become stronger." - 2013 Class

Gail Blair - "We learned so much about how City Government is run. We got to participate on how to make a difference in the end. Every Sector, in City Government participated, and it made a profound difference in my understanding of Government. This Program is a must, for whoever is interested in their Community and City Government. When you read Articles in the Journal about Governing, Planning, Fire, Police, Sanitation, Recycling, Waste, Water Treatment, etc., you will know exactly what is going on, your brain will automatically alerted to the Classroom experience. When you graduate, you will want to stay connected, volunteer and make a difference. You will find your niche from this marvelous course."

Laura Farrell - "Attending the Winston Salem University program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.  The presentations by each department representative were chock full of very useful information and the flow of the entire class was most helpful in understanding the City's complicated structure, as well as enabling me to help my neighborhood with city resources and information.   I highly recommend this class. Just loved it!  Wish I could take it all over again."

Tim Roten – “Attending the City of Winston-Salem University program was a great opportunity to learn and experience how our city departments operate.  I left the program with greater respect for the departments in our city.  It was eye opening to learn about budgetary obstacles many of the departments face and how they creatively use their limited resources to continue to provide excellent service to the citizens of Winston-Salem.  Also, being able to actively spend time in a police cruiser and on a fire truck garnered great respect for these two departments that serve our city well.  The City of Winston-Salem University is a program I would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about the operations of our city.”

Shawna Williams - "The class was really more than I had expected. Each week was filled with speakers and information that I did not know about Winston-Salem and how it functions. I really appreciate the time spent in preparing the classes and excited about applying and sharing what I learned."

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