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How to become a Beltline expert with ‘Beltline U’ degree

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Applications now being accepted for those who want to further their passion and knowledge for all things Beltline

The Westside Trail at the Lee Street tunnel.
Curbed Atlanta

Local Beltline enthusiasts looking to not only expand their knowledge of the famed pathway but potentially affect its future should get prepped to return to school.

Atlanta Beltline Inc. is now accepting applications for a new initiative called Beltline University, or “Beltline U,” which is being billed as a four-month civic university covering the history, vision, programmatic elements, and implementation strategy of the city-altering project.

The curriculum includes eight sessions led by Atlanta Beltline staff and its partners.

Upon graduation, officials say, students will walk away with an in-depth knowledge of the Beltline.

“The Atlanta Beltline started as a grassroots movement, and community involvement is what keeps it moving forward,” said Clyde Higgs, interim Beltline president and CEO, in a press release. “BeltLine U will equip its participants with the tools and deep knowledge to help shape the evolution of the project’s future.”

While anyone can apply to “Beltline U,” priority will be given to residents in the City of Atlanta and neighborhoods along the Beltline.

The Eastside Trail
Curbed Atlanta

Applicants also should want to be part of an interactive, diverse group of citizens from throughout the city, engage members of their own neighborhood and share Beltline information with them, and advocate for the Beltline regarding issues impacting their community.

The inaugural 2019 class of Beltline University is limited to 35 participants. Applications must be received by December 15.

Those accepted will be required to pay a $35 fee that covers meals and workshop materials. All selected participants will be notified in January.