California State University Offers Flexible But Focused Water Education

September 22, 2016

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The Office of Water Programs located at Sacramento State campus of California State University offers online courses to help train current and future water and wastewater operators. Photo courtesy of Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento.

The Office of Water Programs located at the Sacramento campus of California State University offers online courses to help train current and future water and wastewater operators. Photo courtesy of the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento.

Do you have a schedule that makes attending traditional classes next to impossible? The online self-study courses offered by the Office of Water Programs at California State University in Sacramento might be a suitable alternative.

The program, administered through the College of Engineering and Computer Science, offers 15 different online courses on operations and maintenance for water and wastewater facilities. Covering topics that range from small water system operations and maintenance, to metal waste-stream treatment, to performance improvement methods, these courses are an excellent option for operators who wish to meet the continuing education requirements needed to renew their licenses or who want to learn more about a specific topic. Because each course focuses on one aspect of a water or wastewater system, students can concentrate their studies on the subjects related directly to their jobs.

The program uses these manuals to educate students on a variety of stormwater, water treatment, and wastewater topics. Photo courtesy of the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento.

The program uses these manuals to educate students on a variety of stormwater, water treatment, and wastewater topics. Photo courtesy of the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento.

All coursework, including lessons, readings, video clips, student exercises, and exams, are completed online at the student’s own pace within a 3- or 6-month timeframe, depending on the course. A companion CD supplements online materials, and Spanish translations are available. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) range from 3 to 9 per class, depending on the number of contact hours, which range from 30 to 90 hours per course.

One of the most attractive parts of the flexible program is its cost. Most courses cost $99, including textbooks. See a complete list of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater online courses, and access enrollment information online.

— Mary Bufe, WEF Highlights

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Whether you are a wastewater veteran in search of an online continuing education course or an entry-level employee aspiring to enter the water sector, colleges and universities across the country now offer coursework designed to help. The key is to find the program that works for you.

Stay tuned to WEF Highlights for articles featuring these programs. Find the articles by searching for the keyword TrainingCourses.

Know a program that you’d like to share? Send it to Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights editor, at jfulcher@wef.org.

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