For someone interested in joining the next generation of water stewards, there are few places to start more exotic than Hawaii. And demand for water and wastewater professionals is particularly high in the state.
The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (Kahului) offers a 3-month training program for current and aspiring water- and wastewater-treatment facility operators.
“The industry needs qualified personnel to fill vacancies,” said Steve Parabicoli, member of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) since 1985. He leads the institute’s twice-a-week classes, which cover everything from treatment facility operations and equipment, to the duties and skills associated with an entry-level operator trainee position. Parabicoli spent 35 years in Hawaii’s water and wastewater sector, serving as Maui County’s Wastewater Operations Program superintendent, Water Recycling Program coordinator, and Wastewater Reclamation Facility supervisor.
The 90-hour training program, which is sponsored by Hawaii Energy (Honolulu), makes it possible for wastewater operators to earn 11 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and for water operators to earn 7.2 CEUs in the state. Total cost, which includes the price of four textbooks, is $1900, but Hawaii Energy underwrites the first $500, and additional tuition assistance is available to eligible applicants through the Hawaii Workforce Development Division.
Parabicoli will teach the next course in the spring of 2017. Those interested can prepare by counting their frequent flyer miles and reading more about the entry-level facility operator course online. For more information, contact Parabicoli at 808-572-7010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Mary Bufe, WEF Highlights
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