Pinellas Citizen University

A Look Inside Pinellas County Government

If you’ve ever wondered how Pinellas County operates, then Pinellas Citizen University (PCU) is for you. Through field trips, tours and hands-on activities, PCU offers residents a chance to see how our departments provide first-class services to the community.

The six-week course is held on Wednesday nights in the spring with two optional Saturday sessions.

PCU is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants learn about the five goals of the County’s Strategic Plan and focus on the way employees set the standard for public service and make Pinellas an even better place to call home.

Among the activities:

  • Learn about the budget and better understand how the County manages funds, including the Penny for Pinellas.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Pinellas County Jail and its facility operations.
  • See what it takes to plan a hurricane evacuation in the face of an approaching storm and how to stay safe.
  • Participate in a Touch-A-Truck demonstration of the Public Works equipment used to bring you safe, effective transportation and faster travel.
  • Tour the Waste-to-Energy Facility at Solid Waste and learn how it processes more than 800,000 tons of waste per year, providing enough electricity to power 40,000 homes.
  • Find out how our Utilities department delivers safe, high-quality drinking water and reuses wastewater for irrigation.
  • Hear about opportunities to excel after graduation and how to get involved in your community.

Upon completion, each graduate receives a diploma signed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and a class picture to commemorate the event.

Departments/Divisions Involved

  • Animal Services
  • Board of County Commissioners
  • Communications
  • Consumer Protection
  • County Administration
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services & Fire Administration
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Parks & Conservation Resources
  • Public Works  
  • Regional 9-1-1
  • Safety & Emergency Services
  • Sheriff’s Office/Pinellas County Jail
  • Solid Waste
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Volunteer Services

Please Note:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • Classes meet for six consecutive weeks from 5:30 p.m./6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays with two optional Saturday morning classes.
  • Registration is free and includes snacks, all course materials, graduation ceremony, class photo, and diploma.
  • Class enrollment for PCU will be limited to the first 40 applicants, with selection first-come, first-served. Those who apply after the initial 40 slots are filled will be notified that the class is full. In case of cancellations, the first application received after the original 40 will be offered the available slot.
  • Because of high demand, only students who have not previously attended PCU will be considered.
  • Each session involves considerable amounts of walking, stair climbing, standing, and sitting.
  • Please indicate any requested accommodations on application form.
  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various sessions located throughout Pinellas County.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon acceptance, a packet will be emailed to all participants with instructions, meeting places, list of classes, and other session information.

For additional information on Pinellas Citizen University, call 727-464-4600.