Neighborhood College

In accordance with the current recommendations from public health professionals, we are postponing the last two presentations of the class “Stories from the Files of the Scottsdale Police Department” on March 18 and 23. The class will be scheduled for the fall 2020 session of Scottsdale Neighborhood College. To get a list of new classes and when to register, please subscribe to “Neighborhood College Updates” on the SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS box on this page.

The city continues to serve the public throughout situations like the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is closely tracking the situation to ensure that city staff and the public are protected.

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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.

Spring 2020 Class Schedule

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.

How to Effectively Work with Management Companies and How a Board Can Effectively Self-Manage a Small Association

DESCRIPTION:

Unfortunately, there is often a love/hate relationship between management companies and the associations they manage. This class will show attendees:

  • How to effectively address and fix problems with a management company.
  • The signs that a management company relationship is no longer working.
  • How to fire a management company and hire a new management company.
  • And how to negotiate a fair contract with a management company.

Also, if your association is currently self-managed, and thinking about hiring a management company, what is the best way to make that transition, and, how much will it cost. Finally, if your association is too small to hire a management company, this class will give tips to successfully self-manage an association.

DATE:
1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm

Is the Community Design Studio Haunted?

DESCRIPTION:
Since the city of Scottsdale purchased the Community Design Studio in the mid-1990s, employees have experienced unusual events and phenomena that couldn’t be explained. Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc. representatives discusses the scientific methods used to investigate paranormal activity and if they consider the Community Design Studio to be haunted.
DATE:
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc., a member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) family network

The Great Desert Escape - Class full, waiting list in effect

DESCRIPTION:
The largest escape of prisoners of war in North America during World War II happened right here in Scottsdale. Join historian and author Keith Warren Lloyd as he explores the factors leading up to the escape, the escape itself and the aftermath.
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.
INSTRUCTOR:
Keith Warren Lloyd

Let’s Get Together: The Proper Way to Conduct Association Board Meetings, Annual or Special Meetings, Board Member E-Mail Use & Unanimous Written Consent.

DESCRIPTION:
This Seminar will discuss the proper way to conduct Association meetings. In particular, this Seminar will discuss Board Meetings, Member Meetings, Unanimous Written Consent and e-mail communication.
DATE:
6-8 p.m., Monday, Jan 27
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

Love 2B A Local

DESCRIPTION:
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 companies you can volunteer your time. Very few longtime Scottsdale residents know all the inside info that will be provided in this class!
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 29
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
City Staff

Policy Governance

DESCRIPTION:
Tired of the 3-hour Board Meeting? Do you desire a more streamline method of operating the Homeowners’ Association and conducting Board business? Then Policy Governance may be for you. This seminar will discuss the benefits of implementing a Policy Governance form of Homeowner Association operation and provide practical tips on how to effectuate the Policy Governance form of operation.
DATE:
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

Associations in Crisis: Practical Advice for Associations with Problems - Class full, waiting list in effect

DESCRIPTION:

Calling all associations that need help and need it fast...

  • Does your association board have in-fighting among each other?
  • Do you have disgruntled owners in your association who make wild and untrue accusations against your board at meetings and on NextDoor?
  • Does your association have owners who aren’t paying assessments or violating association documents on a regular basis?

Every association has unique challenges. This class will give advice regarding common association problems, show board members and owners how to work together, and create a successful and productive association. A portion of the class will be reserved to answer questions for attendees about problems their associations.

This session will be broadcast on Cable 11 and YouTube at a later date.

DATE:
1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
LOCATION:
Kiva (City Council Chambers) 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm

Scoundrels, Rascals & Cutthroats and the Scottsdale Lawmen who Caught Them - Both classes full, waiting list in effect

DESCRIPTION:
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 maniacal mailman, a murder mystery with three possible endings, and the "unsolved" homicide of a 60’s TV star right here in Old Town!

The Feb 27th session will be broadcast on Cable 11 and YouTube at a later date.

Note: Same class offered twice - no need to register for more than one class

DATE:
6-7:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb 18
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Thursday, Feb 27
LOCATION:
Kiva (City Council Chambers) 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

Feb 27 class full, waiting list in effect.

Faces of Fraud

DESCRIPTION:
Fraud in a homeowner’s association or condominium association can be a nightmare for the board. This presentation will include case studies and practical advice to prevent it from happening in your community.
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Wednesday, March 11
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.
INSTRUCTOR:
Vial Fotheringham Law

Stories from the Files of the Scottsdale Police Department

DESCRIPTION:

Direct from the files of the Scottsdale Police Department comes fascinating crimes that happened in Scottsdale! Cases include an explosive situation at a city facility that targeted city employees and a bank robbery that started in Scottsdale and led to international manhunt.

Note: Same class offered twice - no need to register for more than one class

DATE:
Afternoon Class: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.
DATE:
Evening Class: 6-7:45 p.m., Monday, March 23
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, city of Scottsdale

Register for Neighborhood College 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 haveunintended 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.

From Scott to Drinkwater: The History of Scottsdale

Contact Information

Bruce Wall
Program Coordinator
P: 480-312-7898
bwall@scottsdaleaz.gov

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