Mayor Jacobs posing for a picture with Orange County Experience participants
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Orange County Experience Graduates Seventh Class

Community & Services

The Orange County Experience graduated its seventh class on Oct. 19, 2018 inside the Board of County Commissioners Chambers.

The program, created in 2011 by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, is an interactive series designed specifically for local citizens and community leaders to learn more about Orange County and the vital services that the County provides.

“I’m always impressed by the commitment of our Orange County Experience participants as they learn about Orange County’s many departments and divisions,” Mayor Jacobs said. “From our amazing convention center, which is the second largest in the nation, to the Medical Examiner’s office, they experienced a real behind-the-scenes education about the amazing work performed by Orange County and its employees.”

Orange County Experience Program Manager and Office for a Drug Free Community Director Carol Burkett led the 11-week program throughout the County.

“It is truly amazing that we are in the seventh year of this program, and how it continues to grow year after year,” Burkett said. “It is a joy to see residents learn more about county services and programs, engage with county staff and share their experience with family members, neighbors and their colleagues.”

The program, which kicked off this year in August, began with a tour of Orange County Fire Rescue. Throughout the series, participants received a first-hand look at the internal operations of Orange County Government, from technology and infrastructure to neighborhoods and health and family services. Orange County staff provided more than 30 hours of presentations and facility tours, including the Medical Examiner’s Office, Utilities, Animal Services and Parks and Recreation.

This year’s graduating class consisted of more than 20 graduates.

Some graduates of the program go on to serve on the County’s citizen advisory boards and continue their service through other volunteer opportunities. Participants gained valuable insight into the important work Orange County employees perform daily.

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