Neighborhood College

In Scottsdale, the success of our community is defined by how we as individuals address and respond to neighborhood issues and challenges. Believing that one person can make a difference, the city of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders.

Professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in classes regarding city programs, volunteer opportunities, personal safety tips and HOA guidelines. Classes are offered at no cost but registration is required. Classes are subject to cancellation if less than 10 (ten) individuals are registered or confirmed for each class.   

Fall 2018 Class Schedule 

Class descriptions, including date, time and location, are available by selecting the following links below. Please REGISTER for each class you want to attend. Classes with less than 10 registrants will be cancelled.  Download (PDF) the Fall 2018 Class Schedule.

Wednesday, Sept 12, 1-3:00 pm – Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Participants will learn what boards should do to assure that the association's business is conducted in an efficient, legal and professional manner. Boards sometimes feel frustrated because they can't get anything done. This class will show your board how to set goals for your community and implement an action plan to make those goals a reality!

Wednesday, Sept 26, 1-3:00 p.m. Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St.

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 2 of the “History of Scottsdale” series. Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down (or not). The stories include a murderous mailman, a murder mystery with three possible endings, and the murder of a 60’s TV star right here in Old Town!

Thursday, Sept 27, 6 – 8:00 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

An HOA association attorney will discuss the changes in the laws affecting community associations including statutory changes, case law changes, and changes in legal trends and analyses. This is a must-attend seminar for Board Members and Managers alike!

Tuesday, Oct 2, 1-3:00 p.m. Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Everyone complains about communication, but do you have a plan to increase communication in your community? This class will discuss how to engage your membership for greater participation, as well as discussion how and when your board can communicate with each other while staying compliant with Arizona Open Meeting laws.

Thursday Oct 4, 6-7:45 p.m., Mustang Library, 10101 N 90th St.

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 2 of the “History of Scottsdale” series. Learn about some of the most “nefarious” people in Scottsdale’s history and the Scottsdale lawmen who tracked them down (or not). The stories include a murderous mailman, a murder mystery with three possible endings, and the murder of a 60’s TV star right here in Old Town!

Tuesday, Oct 9, 1-3:00 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

If you’re new to Scottsdale or been here for a few years, learn some of the “secrets” that locals know. From great resources available from the City (e.g. incredibly low-cost workout facility available to residents), community organizations, to all the fascinating departments and programs you can volunteer your time. Very few longtime Scottsdale residents know all the inside info that will be provided in this class!

Thursday, Oct 11, 1-3:00 p.m. - Mustang Library Auditorium 10101 N 90th St.

Most members in an Association understand that rules and social decorum dictate how they are to interact with Board members, Association employees, and other members. However, there are a small percentage of people that do not abide by rules and social decorum and they are always looking for a fight. This class will teach you how to effectively deal with a bully

Tuesday, Oct 23, 1-3:00 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd

Legal enforcement of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) is an important part in maintaining overall quality of life and basic community standards for HOAs. However, enforcement can be a time-consuming and costly task for any HOA governing board. How do you encourage residents to abide by the rules without taking legal action against them? Get practical advice on how to effectively administer CC&Rs.

Thursday, Oct 25, 6-8:00 p.m., Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Submit your questions (in advance) and our panel of HOA attorneys will answer. Questions must be related to HOA’s and issues associated with HOA’s. here will be some time at the end for general questions from the attendees.

Tuesday, Oct 30, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St.

Learn the latest trends criminals are using to steal property from homes. Once you know, you’ll be able to take the steps to prevent victimization. A member of the Scottsdale Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will share the latest information and tips to make sure you’re safe in your home!

Wednesday, Nov 7, 6-8:00 p.m. - Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Obtaining HOA insurance may seem simple on the surface, but there are many issues to consider when bidding for, accepting and calling on insurance. Does the coverage abide by the HOA’s CC&Rs and Arizona Statutes; what do I do if I have a claim; how do I bid on insurance; how do I ensure that the HOA will be properly covered; all will be discussed.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 1-3:00 p.m. - Community Design Studio, 7506 E Indian School Rd.

Like the old song, “what goes up, must come down”. That doesn’t mean your HOA has to experience economic woes during the next downturn if you make plans now to get your HOA’s affairs in order. Learn about reserves and how to use them appropriately to avoid the next rainy day.

Nov. 1 - Behind the Photos (Option 1)

Thursday, Nov 1, 6-7:45 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 3 of our “History of Scottsdale” series features an in-depth look at several iconic photos of Scottsdale and an explanation of how the photos tell the story of Scottsdale’s development. Sometimes they involve famous people, solve a mystery, or explain how or why something was built.

Nov. 14 - Behind the Photos (Option 2)

Wednesday, Nov 14, Day, 1-3:00 p.m., Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N 90th St

Note: Same class offered twice – no need to register for more than one class. Part 3 of our “History of Scottsdale” series features an in-depth look at several iconic photos of Scottsdale and an explanation of how the photos tell the story of Scottsdale’s development. Sometimes they involve famous people, solve a mystery, or explain how or why something was built.

*To be added to the waiting list email  college@scottsdaleaz.gov.

Register for Classes

 

Neighborhood College Video Series

Learn the responsibilities of an HOA board member, how the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and how the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.

A discussion on the ins and outs of HOAs’ CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.

The roles and responsibilities of an HOA board member and how to assure the association's business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner.

Understanding an association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Also learn the importance of amending an HOA's governing documents.

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