Victoria Academy

Victoria Academy

Victoria Academy | Discover | Experience | Connect

From city streets to park trails, staff at the City of Victoria lay the foundations for the community to connect and grow.

Victoria Academy is an interactive experience for community members to discover more about Victoria, Minnesota. Throughout the program, City of Victoria staff and partners will discuss the impact and background of a number of topics.

Victoria Academy Session #1 – Thursday, April 4, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1670 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, MN 55386

  • Meet Victoria Today: An Overview of the City of Victoria
    Dana Hardie, City Manager
  • A Look at Victoria Before: A History of Victoria

Victoria Academy Session #2 – Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Water Treatment Plant, 1500 80th St, Victoria, MN 55386

  • Foundations of Victoria: Building in Our Town
    Scott McCarty, Building Official
  • Water Use in Victoria: Treatment and Conservation
    Brady Lee, Water Superintendent

Victoria Academy Session #3 – Thursday, April 18, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Victoria Fire Station, 1500 80th Street, Victoria, MN 55386

  • Keeping Victoria Safe: A Look at Public Safety in Victoria
    Carver County Sheriff’s Office Deputy
  • Protecting Victoria: Inside the Victoria Fire Department
    Trenton Klos, Deputy Fire Chief; Dave Shoger, Assistant Fire Chief

Victoria Academy Session #4 – Thursday, April 25, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Public Works Building, 8001 Bavaria Road, Victoria, MN 55386

  • A Map of Victoria: Laying the Groundwork to Grow
    Cara Geheren, City Engineer
  • Keeping Victoria Together: The Many Jobs of Public Works
    Dave Shoger, Public Works Director

Victoria Academy Session #5 – Thursday, May 2, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Lions Pavilion, 1505 82nd St, Victoria, MN 55386

  • Victoria’s Voice: The Election Process in Victoria
    Alyssa Swanson, Interim Parks & Recreation Director / Assistant City Manager
  • A Growing Victoria: Planning What’s Next for Victoria
    Jenn Brewington, Community & Economic Director

Victoria Academy Session #6 – Thursday, May 9, 2024 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Picnic Shelter, Wassermann Lake Preserve, 9175 Church Lake Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386
(Weather Backup: Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria, MN 55386)

  • Victoria, City of Lakes & Parks: A Place to Connect and Enjoy the Outdoors
    Alyssa Swanson, Interim Parks & Recreation Director / Assistant City Manager
  • A Responsible Victoria: Balancing the Needs of Victoria
    Trish Pollock, Finance Director / Assistant City Manager

The Victoria Citizens Academy draws on learning from successful citizen academies across the nation. These academies are often modeled after citizens police academies, which began in the mid-1980’s as a tool to foster stronger citizen commitment to police department and community, in an effort to reduce crime. Citizen police academies are now popular in communities large and small throughout the country.

This program is over for 2024. Check back next year for 2025 program information.


Victoria Academy Details
Dates: Thursdays, April 4 to May 9, 2024
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: City Buildings Around Victoria, Minnesota
Cost: Free
Refreshments: Snacks and treats provided at each session!


2025 Program Registration
Thank you for your interest! Registration will open early 2025 for the 2025 Victoria Academy. Please contact Kendra Grahl, City of Victoria Communications & Engagement Director, at or (952) 443-4230 with any questions.

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