Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

Come Learn About Your Local Government

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? How does it maintain streets and parks? Manage the budget? Make decisions? 

If so, we encourage you to register for this free eight-week civics course. Puyallup 101: Your Community’s Civics will provide insight into the workings of the City. You’ll gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and you’ll also learn how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home. Community discussion and input is encouraged.

Course Objectives

  • Offer a behind-the-scenes look into how City departments operate and how decisions are made.
  • Foster communication between the City and residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn about your Council representatives and their experience and goals in office.
  • Encourage community members to become involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.

Course Feedback

  • “Every topic was my favorite. Very informative and helpful in understanding how the City runs.”
  • “The sessions were interesting and engaging, allowing for questions and discussion..."
  • “This has been an eye-opening course. Glad to learn about how the City is ran and how it contributes to the well-being of its residents.”
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Participant Eligibility

  • Must be a Puyallup resident or business owner, or work in the city.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Must not be running for, or currently serving in, a political office.
  • Must be willing to commit to attending at least six of the eight classes in order to graduate at the end of the course.


          Registration is now closed until Fall.


Contact Erica Unruh, Community Relations Coordinator: 253-864-4184, Email

Virtual Puyallup 101 Spring 2021 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Thursdays. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this session of Puyallup 101 will occur remotely. All classes will be conducted via the Zoom platform.

Date      Topic of Class

3/25      Orientation / Local Government 101

4/01      Development & Permitting Services

4/08      Finance / Puyallup Public Library 

4/15      Parks and Recreation

4/22      Public Works

4/29      Water Pollution Control Plant

5/06      Police Department

5/13      Emergency Management / Municipal Court
             Course Graduation