The Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education is offering community college classes and scholarships for students seeking a career in the water and wastewater industry. Registration is now open and the first class begins Sept. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., in both Martinez and Redwood City.
The scholarship reimburses students for the cost of tuition and books. Students must maintain a grade of C or better in each course, which are held at wastewater treatment facilities throughout the Bay Area. Students completing the 28 required units earn a Plant Operator Certificate.
Relevant jobs include water and wastewater treatment operator, water distribution operator, wastewater collections operator, mechanic/machinist, electrician, and instrument technician.
“The water and wastewater industry offers many opportunities for people interested in careers related to water conservation and environmental protection,” says Barbara Hockett, California Association of Sanitation Agencies Education Foundation boardmember. “And those already in the industry can use this program to expand their knowledge and position themselves to take advantage of new opportunities.”
“A lot of experienced people are retiring from clean water jobs, creating demand for new workers ready to step into these roles,” says Levi Fuller, wastewater treatment plant operations supervisor at Dublin San Ramon Services District and a BACCWE instructor. “BACCWE gives job seekers a foot in the door with career-specific coursework and valuable contacts in the industry.”
The Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education (BACCWE) is a consortium of water and wastewater districts that partner to support clean water education throughout the Bay Area.