County Government 101 Experience


Want to learn more about the functions of local government?

Interested in seeing what happens behind the scenes?  


Exciting format

Cabarrus County Government 101 has undergone a transformation. Residents can now go beyond the books and experience aspects of County government. This is the only class of its kind in North Carolina.Gov101Group4 3-14.jpg

Government 101 is a one-day session on one area of focus. This is a change from the previous 10-week course that touched briefly on many aspects of government. Because you won't need to commit to a series--residents can sign up for the sessions that fit their interest and schedule, individually.


Not your typical Government 101 course

What's different about the new session? You'll hit the highlights in class, then participants take a hands-on journey to explore the area of focus. Each course will include demonstrations, operational exercises and tours.

The Government 101 Experience can include moderate physical activity, like walking and standing for more than 15 minutes at a time.


Who can apply?

The County Government 101 Experience series is open to any Cabarrus County resident, ages 18 and older. If you participated in a previous County Government 101 course you may also participate in the newly revised course; it is not the same information.

We encourage local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders and residents with an interest in learning about the area of focus to register. It's a free and fun way to engage in the work of local government.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required. Lunch is provided to participants.

In accordance with ADA regulations, anyone in need of an accommodation to participate in the meeting should notify the ADA Coordinator at 704-920-2100 at least 48 hours prior to the program.


Upon completion

Residents who complete a Cabarrus County Government 101 Experience session will receive a certificate and a take-home packet related to the area of focus.

For more information

Want to learn more about the Cabarrus County Government 101 Experience series? Email or call 704-920-2336.
Upcoming classes


Ever wonder what happens to your property taxes? Why does (or doesn’t) the County fund certain programs? How much of the County’s budget actually goes toward building and maintaining schools?
Become part of the budget conversation as the County’s budget office breaks down the proposed $233 million FY17 general fund budget.
Don’t expect a lecture—we’ve designed this interactive day with panels, activities and demonstrations that guide you through the County’s fiscal plan for the coming year.
Expect to get answers your budget questions and the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on the County’s actual proposed budget.
Find your seat at the table, because this unprecedented event takes place BEFORE the Board of Commissioners votes on the budget. This is your chance—become informed, become engaged.
To help us maintain an engaging learning environment, seating is limited to the first 20 registrants.
For more information on Gov 101 or the FY17 Budget Breakdown session, please send an email to or call 704-920-2336.