Citizen Public Works Academy (CPWA)

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The Citizen Public Works Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to learn firsthand about the Department of Public Works. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities and field trips, citizens are given an inside look of day-to-day public works operations.

The academy runs for 10 weeks with most classes held between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Thursday nights. The upcoming CPWA class will be in the Fall of 2023: September 14, 2023 - November 16, 2023

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at the Public Works Annex building located at:
511 Oyster Point Road
Newport News, Virginia 23602


  • Fundamentals of Local Government
  • Public Works Overview
  • Accreditation
  • Divisions: Administration, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Street Maintenance, and Wastewater
  • 311
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Safety & Training
  • Public Works Warehouse

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a Newport News resident.

We are now accepting applications for the next class. until August 31, 2023.   You may download an application. Completed applications can be emailed to In addition, applications are available at the Public Works Operations building at  513 Oyster Point Road, Newport News, Virginia 23602.

Contact Us
Citizen Public Works Academy
Phone: 757-933-2311