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Thursday, Sep 24, 2020

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City Launches R.O.C.K. Academy

The City of Little Rock announced on Thursday the launch of its new R.O.C.K. Academy community education course.

“R.O.C.K. is an acronym for Residents Obtaining Community Knowledge,” said Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. “We wanted a way to cultivate understanding and enhance the relationship between City government and its residents. R.O.C.K. Academy will give residents an up-close look at how their City government works and we hope it will act as a catalyst that prompts civic engagement through service on our boards and commissions.”

During the six-week program, residents will gain knowledge and insight through discussions, virtual demonstrations and virtual site visits capped with a “graduation” held at a City Board of Directors meeting. The sessions will be held Thursdays beginning in October and are grouped into categories that include: 

  • Government 101 – An overview of City government.
  • Dollars and Sense – A look at the budgeting process and economic development.
  • Safety in the City – Meet those working to keep the city safe.
  • Little Rock Building Blocks – Hear from Planning and Development, Public Works and Housing and Neighborhood Programs departments.
  • Livin’ in Little Rock – Focuses on quality of life topics such as Parks and Recreation, the Little Rock Zoo and sustainability measures.
  • Community Care – Learn about City-supported social service programs and other resources.

Until the pandemic threat passes, classes will be held virtually via WebEx. To register, visit Participants must be at least 18 years old and residents of Little Rock. The application process for the inaugural R.O.C.K. Academy will close on October 7.


About the City of Little Rock’s Response to COVID-19
Residents may visit for all information about the City’s efforts related to COVID-19, including the newly created Small Business Emergency Assistance Program. Volunteers are needed to assist with the grab-and-go feeding efforts for vulnerable populations, including students and seniors. Sign up at The Little Rock Cares Emergency Relief Fund benefits the grab-and-go feeding effort and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). Donations of PPE are also accepted. Donate here or visit and click on the Little Rock Cares Emergency Relief Fund button. Follow the City of Little Rock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @CityLittleRock.