Neighborhood College

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Neighborhood College is a one-of-a-kind collaboration of workshops and hands-on learning experiences brought to you by multiple city departments.The intent of the program is to provide each participant with knowledge about the city’s programs, services and resources; the tools to access those resources; and the skills and ideas with which to build positive, sustainable communities.

Everyone is welcome!  Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned community leader or a new resident just looking to get to know your new home better, Neighborhood College is flexible enough to meet the needs of all Phoenix residents! We hope to see you at one of our many free workshops - and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Here's a look at our current class offerings.  If you're interested in a subject you don't see here, please let us know.  There are three ways to register for a workshop: 1) register online, 2) email neighborhood.college@phoenix.gov or 3) call​ 602-534-4444.  

** The city also offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training through the Phoenix Fire Department. The schedule of CERT training classes for the 3rd quarter of 2015 is now available online. To learn more about CERT, please visit Phoenix Fire's CERT webpage.

 

Neighborhood College Workshops 

Please note: when you sign up using the form below, you WILL NOT receive a confirmation.  You only will be notified if there is a cancellation.

Upcoming Workshops​​

June 2015

  • Oasis in the Desert - CANCELLED

    Are you lucky enough to have SRP flood irrigation in your neighborhood?  There nothing like it - tall trees, lush grass; a true oasis in the desert!  Did you know that there is assistance available specifically designed to fund, maintain and operate these systems?  Learn more about these irrigation and water delivery districts at this free workshop.  

    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., fourth floor lecture room

July 2015

  • Code Compliance 101 
    Are you concerned about trash, high weeds, dead trees, graffiti, deteriorated fences or open/vacant properties in your neighborhood?  This workshop is for you!  Attendees will learn the step-by-step code compliance process and timeline, how to use a free smartphone app to report blight, how to address code violations at vacant properties, what happens if a case goes to court, answers to questions about problem properties in your neighborhood, how to use the tool lending program, maintenance tips, resources and more.
    6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.        
  • Landlord/Tenant Workshop
    This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.
    6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.
  • Managing Volunteers   - the 3Rs - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Volunteers are the heart of Neighborhood Organizations and often play a vital role in the capacity, sustainability and success of an organization. Volunteer programs require the same type of managerial effort that any other program effort would require, so there are several factors to consider to ensure that the experience is positive for both the volunteer and the organization. This workshop is an introduction to the principles of volunteer management. Topics include resources on effectively managing, training​, recruiting, recognizing and rewarding  volunteers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, Burton Barr Library, 4th floor lecture room, 1221 N. Central Ave.
 

August 2015

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Workshops
    Attendees will learn how to apply for SBE and/or DBE certification (first hour) and fine SBE and DBE business opportunities (second hour).  For more information, call 602-262-6790 or 602-534-1557 TTY or 7-1-1.
    2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, Calvin G. Goode Building, 251 W. Washington St., 10th floor, Room 10 East
  • Talking Trash Workshop ​​​​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up?  It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix.​  ​ Please register now.                                                                                       9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21,  North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205  N.  Black Canyon Hwy. 

September 2015

  • Code Compliance 101 
    Are you concerned about trash, high weeds, dead trees, graffiti, deteriorated fences or open/vacant properties in your neighborhood?  This workshop is for you!  Attendees will learn the step-by-step code compliance process and timeline, how to use a free smartphone app to report blight, how to address code violations at vacant properties, what happens if a case goes to court, answers to questions about problem properties in your neighborhood, how to use the tool lending program, maintenance tips, resources and more.
    6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, John F. Long Family Services Center, 3454 N. 51st Ave.

  • Hands-on Paint Sprayer Training
    During this two-hour workshop, attendees will watch a video on how to safety operate a paint sprayer and receive hands-on instruction.  Once attendees are comfortable with the equipment, they will remove graffiti at a nearby location.  Upon completion, participants will be able to use a paint sprayer free of charge for community clean-ups.  Come learn how to help keep a "Graffiti Free Phoenix".
    8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.

October 2015

  • Pressure Washer Training
    During the two-hour session, residents will watch a video on how to safely operate a pressure washer and receive hands-on instruction.  Once attendees are comfortable with the equipment, they will remove graffiti under observation.  Upon completion of the course, residents will be able to use a pressure washer free of charge for community clean-ups.  As a reminder, paint and supplies for community clean-ups and blight removal are free of charge to neighborhood associations listed with Neighborhood Services.  Residents must wear casual clothing to the training session and closed-toe shoes.
    8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.

  • Talking Trash Workshop ​​​​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up?  It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix.​  ​ Please register now.                                                                                       9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21,  North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205  N.  Black Canyon Hwy. 

  • Landlord/Tenant Workshop
    This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.
    6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Saguaro Library, 2808 N. 46th St.

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Workshops
    Attendees will learn how to apply for SBE and/or DBE certification (first hour) and fine SBE and DBE business opportunities (second hour).  This workshop will be in Spanish.  For more information, call 602-262-6790 or 602-534-1557 TTY or 7-1-1.
    2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Calvin G. Goode Building, 251 W. Washington St., 10th floor, Room 10 West

November 2015

  • Hands-on Paint Sprayer Training
    During this two-hour workshop, attendees will watch a video on how to safety operate a paint sprayer and receive hands-on instruction.  Once attendees are comfortable with the equipment, they will remove graffiti at a nearby location.  Upon completion, participants will be able to use a paint sprayer free of charge for community clean-ups.  Come learn how to help keep a "Graffiti Free Phoenix".
    8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Workshops
    Attendees will learn how to apply for SBE and/or DBE certification (first hour) and fine SBE and DBE business opportunities (second hour).  For more information, call 602-262-6790 or 602-534-1557 TTY or 7-1-1.
    2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, Calvin G. Goode Building, 251 W. Washington St., 10th floor, Room 10 East

  • Talking Trash Workshop ​​​​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up?  It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix.​  ​ Please register now.                                                                                        9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30,  North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205  N.  Black Canyon Hwy. ​

  • Managing Volunteers   - the 3Rs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Volunteers are the heart of Neighborhood Organizations and often play a vital role in the capacity, sustainability and success of an organization. Volunteer programs require the same type of managerial effort that any other program effort would require, so there are several factors to consider to ensure that the experience is positive for both the volunteer and the organization. This workshop is an introduction to the principles of volunteer management. Topics include resources on effectively managing, training, recruiting, recognizing and rewarding volunteers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Burton Barr Library, 4th floor lecture room, 1221 N. Central Ave.

December 2015

  •  Pressure Washer Training
    During the two-hour session, residents will watch a video on how to safely operate a pressure washer and receive hands-on instruction.  Once attendees are comfortable with the equipment, they will remove graffiti under observation.  Upon completion of the course, residents will be able to use a pressure washer free of charge for community clean-ups.  As a reminder, paint and supplies for community clean-ups and blight removal are free of charge to neighborhood associations listed with Neighborhood Services.  Residents must wear casual clothing to the training session and closed-toe shoes.
    8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.