Columbia Association launches citizen academy

The Columbia Association has launched a citizen academy that will allow residents to learn about the operations of CA.

The five-week program, called Excite Columbia, will be held on Wednesdays in October beginning on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at CA Headquarters. The academy will conclude on Oct. 30.

“Excite Columbia is an interactive program that aims to inform residents about how Columbia Association operates. The program provides residents with an opportunity to learn how CA serves them and is a great way for future community leaders to get involved,” Celeste Olinger, CA’s director of Communications and Community Engagement, said in a statement.

Attendees will learn what CA’s different departments are in charge of; how CA’s annual charge is calculated and used each year; how the CA Board of Directors runs its meetings; Columbia’s open space; CA’s sports, fitness and health offerings; and its focus on responsible watershed and energy management, according to a news release. 

“Residents are critical to planning for the future of a community. Education is a tool to generate empowered community leaders, and it is our hope that these sessions will be a catalyst to build cooperative partnerships between our residents and Columbia Association,” said CA President Phil Nelson in a statement.

Excite Columbia is open to anyone 18 or older interested in learning more about CA. Registration for the program is required to reserve a seat. Classes are limited to 25 participants and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Excite Columbia, call Erin McPhail at 410-423-1891 or to register online, visit

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