Northern Colorado Project
Several partners in Colorado have come together to offer the Water Utility Science Program in northern Colorado.The program will begin in the Fall of 2012. Specific dates have not been established.
The region will work together to develop, implement and evaluate the new Northern Colorado Water Utility Science Program. RMSAWWA and RMWEA will develop and deliver the utility-driven NoCo Water Utility Science Program (WUSP) for prospective entry level water and wastewater employees. Students who complete this training and earn their certification will be qualified to apply for operator positions at dozens of municipalities and utilities throughout Colorado and the United States.
About the Program
The NoCo WUSP will offer a customized learning approach for each student based on their interests and abilities. Through classroom courses and field training in Fall/Winter of 2012, students will learn important fundamentals of water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection. By March 1, 2013 students will be asked to select the area in which they would like to become certified. Students will apply to take the applicable State of Colorado certification exam. Based on the preferred area of interest, a customized paid internship program will be developed for each student. During the internship program, the student will work with a utility mentor to gain in-depth knowledge of job requirements and duties (for the area of their choice) and study for the certification exam. Finally, the students will be eligible to apply for an On-the-Job Training/Summer Jobs Program for 2013.
There is no cost to participate in the program as a student. However, there is an application and qualification process because space is limited.
- Applications for this program were due on July 27.
- For information about participating as an employer partner, contact Melanie Fahrenbruch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 912-3358.
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- City of Fort Collins
- City of Greeley
- City of Loveland
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Larimer County Workforce Center
- Poudre School District
- Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association (RMSAWWA)
- Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA)
- Weld County Workforce Center