Indianola University

Whether you are considering pursuing public office, wanting to serve on a commission, or just wanting to increase your civic knowledge, Indianola University will provide you with the tools and information you need to increase your civic involvement. This free 8-week course is designed to provide participants with information on how their local government works. Apply today to learn more about your local government!  

The University will include group walking tours of city facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of each department. City department directors and staff will also give presentations on such topics as budgets, capital improvement plans, and other long-term goals. Participants will walk away with a wealth of knowledge on how the City of Indianola runs and operates.

Classes are held weekly from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM on Thursday evenings for 8 weeks beginning on July 6. Participants who have attended at least 90% of the sessions will be recognized as Indianola University Graduates at the September 5, 2023, City Council meeting. 

We encourage anyone applying to be available to attend all scheduled classes in order to get the most out of the University. Applicants should be able to participate in classroom-style sessions with guided tours and activities (reasonable accommodations are available upon request), be able to commit to attend the eight classes for two hours each week, and reside within Indianola city limits. Twelve applicants will be invited to participate in the class, and applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Application deadline is Thursday, June 29, 2023. 

There are three ways to apply:

City of Indianola

PO Box 299

Indianola, IA 50125

  • Submit your application at City Hall, 110 N 1st Street (north entrance) during normal business hours 8 AM – 5 PM. Blank applications will be available. 

For more information, please contact: 

Jackie Raffety at or 515-961-9410, ext. 5240.

Indianola University Schedule




Week 1 - July 6, 2023City Council Chambers
110 N 1st St, North Entrance
Election Orientation, Indianola University Overview, Indianola City Overview, Form of Government, and Powers & Duties
Week 2 - July 13, 2023City Council Chambers
110 N 1st St, North Entrance
Internal Services – Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance/Clerk, Budgeting 101 – Revenues, Expenses, & Capital Planning
Week 3 - July 20, 2023City Library
207 North B Street
Library – Tour the Library and learn about future plans
Week 4 - July 27, 2023Police and Fire Departments
110 N 1st St, South Entrance
Fire & Police – Tour the Fire & Police Departments with some “hands-on” opportunities to learn more about being a first responder
Week 5 - August 3, 2023Water Resource Recovery Facility
10939 Grimes St, Indianola
Public Works - Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) & Streets Department Tours
Week 6 - August 10, 2023City Council Chambers
110 N 1st St, North Entrance
Community & Economic Development, Zoning, Engineering, GIS Development Review Process, & TIF Funding
Week 7 - August 17, 2023Activity Center
2204 W 2nd Ave, Indianola
Parks & Recreation  - Learn about their programing and tour of facilities
Week 8 - August 24, 2023IMU Customer Service Center
210 W 2nd Ave, Indianola
Learn about  the essential services that IMU provides - Water, Electric and Fiber