City of Battle Ground announces the return of BGU

Battle Ground University (BGU) offers free classes taught by city staff to educate and engage the community about various aspects of city operations, with a graduation ceremony scheduled for November 6, 2023.

BGU is designed to Educate, Engage, and Empower the community

Originally introduced in 2006, Battle Ground University (BGU) provides its “students” with an in-depth look into how the city of Battle Ground operates.  BGU is designed to Educate, Engage, and Empower the community.

Classes will be taught by city staff, who will serve as the “faculty.’’  The program will cover a wide range of topics including:

• City Administration – Tuesday, August 29
• Community Development – Tuesday, September 12
• Finance – Tuesday, September 26
• Public Works – Tuesday, October 10
• Public Safety – Tuesday, October 24

A graduation ceremony for BGU students will take place at the November 6, 2023, City Council Meeting.  The public is invited to participate in a brief online survey that will help inform the program curriculum.  Staff would like to know what city services you are interested in learning more about. 

Classes are free and open to the public, ages 18 years and up.  Student registration is open until 5 p.m. on August 11, 2023.  Applications are available online at

For more information regarding Battle Ground University contact Communications Manager Alisha Smith at (360) 342-5004 or online at

Information provided by city of Battle Ground.

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