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Maryland Apprenticeship Programs Help Double Number of Job Applicants

September 3, 2019

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Kevin McClanathan (left), chief operator at a water resource recovery facility managed by Washington County Department of Water Quality (DWQ; Williamsport, Md.), stands beside participants in DWQ's Wastewater Apprenticeship Program. Photo courtesy of Katie Yoder/DWQ

With nine water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), eight drinking water treatment facilities, 45 pumping stations, and miles of pipelines to operate and maintain, the Washington County Department of Water Quality (DWQ; Williamsport, Md.) sometimes struggles to find qualified candidates for its many technical jobs.   Since the launch of a new wastewater operator apprenticeship program last […]

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Hands-on intro course at Gaston College molds tomorrow’s water professionals

August 6, 2019

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The lectures in Whittemore's Introduction to Biology course are all online. Time in the classroom is spent on hands-on projects, discussions, and cooperative group work, Whittemore described. Gaston College

During their college careers, many students take a single, pivotal class that either cements their interest in a particular field of study—or sends them running in the opposite direction. Susan Whittemore, a science professor at Gaston College (Dallas, N.C.), believes the Introduction to Biology class she has taught at the community college for the past […]

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North Carolina jobs program fills vacancies, forges careers

July 31, 2019

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Charlotte (N.C.) Water has instituted a yearlong utility apprenticeship program with the goal of attracting new talent from the local community. Pictured left to right: Charlotte Water apprenticeship program graduates Desmond McKinnon, Edi Cardoza, and Beanard Odom, II. Photo courtesy of Jackie Jarrell/Charlotte Water.

Charlotte (N.C.) Water has a fresh approach to finding new utility technicians. That approach is a yearlong apprenticeship program offered by the utility trains recruits in a variety of skills — and even guarantees them a job upon completion. The program was created to tackle a high turnover and vacancy rate for the city’s utility […]

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Phoenix suburb encourages residents to “Be G.R.O.S.S.”

June 28, 2019

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The Be G.R.O.S.S. campaign introduces a colorful cast of characters that capture the attention of both children and adults. WRM hopes the campaign will drive down maintenance costs associated with headworks clogs from improper waste disposal. Photo courtesy of WRM.

A new public education campaign is relying on social media, community outreach and kid-friendly messaging to motivate residents of a Phoenix suburb to rethink their waste disposal habits. Developed by the Water Resource Management (WRM) department in Surprise, Ariz., the campaign invites residents to “Be G.R.O.S.S” — that is, Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System. It […]

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PERL: This gem of an educational partnership is helping build Indiana’s water workforce

May 21, 2019

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology civil engineering students toured several Citizens projects through PERL last spring. Photo courtesy of Citizens Energy Group.

While known for top-rated university science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that are educating the next generation of water professionals, the state of Indiana has a problem: convincing graduating students to stay. Half of the 2014-to-2016 bachelor’s-level STEM graduates of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.), for example, found employment out of state, according to […]

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WEF’s New Online Course Teaches Leadership Skills

March 25, 2019

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Water Leadership Institute Featured

Water sector professionals looking to develop leadership skills have a new opportunity. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Integrated Leadership Webcast Series provides these individuals a chance to learn on their own time. The new online course provides access to a series of recorded webcasts used by WEF’s Water Leadership Institute. Participants also can […]

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Examine Leadership Strategies at the Utility Management Conference 2019

February 21, 2019

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Utility Management Featured

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) invites water professionals interested in the latest approaches, practices, processes, and research of utility management to attend the Utility Management Conference 2019, held by WEF and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver). As a leading management conference, attending water sector professionals are able to share their experiences […]

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Rhode Island Wastewater Boot Camp Trains Operators for Professional Growth

January 30, 2019

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RI DEM Boot Camp 4

When you hear the term boot camp, visions of crawling through mud under barbed wire or climbing up a 6-m (20-ft) wall may come to mind. But wastewater operators in Rhode Island who have been through their version of boot camp, faced very different challenges. The Wastewater Operator Leadership Boot Camp is training operators to […]

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