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Hennepin County Academy Notification List

Get a behind-the-scenes experience with Hennepin County -- learn about operations and tour unique areas not open to the general public.

When and where


Locations vary and include Brooklyn Center, Medina, Minneapolis, and Plymouth. 300 S. 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55487

Map and directions

How to get there

About this event

  • 256 days 4 hours
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NOTE:  By clicking on the green "Register" button, you can add your name to a notification list when the academy reopens. The final determination to hold the academy will depend on the status of COVID-19. Below is an overview of the program and a sample schedule.

Are you interested in learning how county roads are plowed every winter? How Hennepin County is involved in light-rail transit? What about learning how county taxes are assessed and where your tax money goes? The Hennepin County Academy will address questions like these and more.

The Hennepin County Academy has eight sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at various Hennepin County facilities, including the cities of Brooklyn Center, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka and Plymouth.  See a sample schedule below. The academy is free and open to the public; attendees must be at least 18 years old.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: Below is the spring 2019 schedule. The updated schedule will be posted when registration opens.

Ridgedale Library, Edina

  • Assessor's Office
  • Creating the county budget
  • Tour of the library


Public Works Facility, Medina

  • Roads, bridges, bike trails and traffic signals
  • Emergency Management
  • Tour of Hennepin County Public Works Facility, emergency management and the county fleet


Community Corrections and Rehabilitative Services and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Plymouth

  • Overview of Corrections and Sheriff's Office
  • Tour of Adult Corrections Facility and 911 Communications Facility


Northwest Family Human Service Center, Brooklyn Center

  • Overview of Human Services Department
  • Key department initiatives
  • Tour of Human Services and CEAP


Hennepin County Government Center, Minneapolis

  • Public Defender's Office
  • County Attorney's Office
  • 4th Judicial District
  • Tour of jury deliberation room, judge chambers and jury assembly room


HERC Visitors Center, Minneapolis

  • Housing, public transportation and economic development
  • Environmental and energy
  • Tour of HERC


Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

  • Public Health
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Medical Examiner's Office
  • Tour of Clinic & Specialty Center


Hennepin County Government Center, Minneapolis

  • Elections
  • County Administration
  • County Board
  • My Hennepin