Congratulations to Don Jones and Cuyamaca College in San Diego for launching the first above-ground water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment and underground wastewater capture system for hands-on use educating the next generation of water professionals. The Field Operations Skills Yard (FOSY) was made possible by generous industry donations and support along with funding provided by California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office, NSF California, U.S. Dept. of Education and the Grossmont Community College District.
Water Career Pathways out of West Valley College is proud to be collaborating with Cuyamaca College in educating the next generation of water professionals and wishes them all the success they deserve as they launch the new program training.
Water Career Pathways (WCP) and California Water Environment Association (CWEA) join forces to provide a single space for water internships in California. With the impending crisis in water industry workforce reliability, the need for student internships to gain industry access and exposure are essential for not only industry growth but for maintaining the industry status quo. Students who obtain an internship are 33% more likely to choose that industry as a career option.
The water and wastewater industries provide essential community services to their communities. They provide clean drinkable water, sanitize and treat wastewater, and even more importantly provide protection and stewardship of our local waterways. It is estimated that at least 50% of the water industry’s workers are eligible for retirement in the next 3 years. Without programs and efforts like that of the WCP and CWEA collaboration on internships, the industry would not have a sufficient workforce replenishment stream to offset the exodus.
Thanks to the efforts of the Water Career Pathways (WCP) consortium and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) for establishing the novel Water/Wastewater Internship website provided free to the Industry. More to Come…
During the 2016-2017 school year, James Lick High School from East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) took the water challenge into their own hands. In the larger intra-district water challenge, Water Career Pathways (WCP) sponsored approximately four hundred students from four different high schools, including James Lick, from two different school districts in a scholarship competition. The competition engaged students in 4-8 week projects addressing water issues the industry faces today.
After their classes had already participated in the larger intra-district water challenge through WCP, James Lick was thirsty for more! They decided to further hone their skills by holding a chemistry water challenge between classes. The WCP curriculum uses student-led Project-based Learning (PBL) whereby classes break into smaller groups to devise a solution to a real-world problem. James Lick riffed on WCP’s model and had classes work together as teams. Each class worked as a group to design, build, test and report.
At the end of their project, classes were pitted against one another in a competition for bragging rights. Judges were selected from District administrators, WCP Staff, and industry. The students gave their presentations and were judged on a rubric scale ensuring each project met the standards. Winning teams were selected, and the braggadocio began. It is dedicated educators like Sheila Lacanaria and Gabriela Huynh who understand the power of Project Based Learning in the classroom and, eventually, in the launch of their students into meaningful careers. These are just two of the fantastic educators are working with the WCP to bring water and wastewater industries career pathways to high school students as a true career destination.
Bay Area Community College Consortium Members,
The San Francisco Bay Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE) and the Deputy Sector Navigator for Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies (AGWET) for the Bay Area Community Colleges worked with BAYWORK and Jewish Vocational Services to survey water and wastewater agencies and utilities in six Bay Area counties. 43 out of the 77 agencies and utilities that were identified by BAYWORK in the six-county region responded to the survey.
This new report, titled Water and Wastewater Career Pathways: Connecting People to Water Industry Jobs in the Bay Area identifies the workforce needs of employers related to nine mission-critical occupations. The report is concerned with the technical-level segment of the workforce, also called the ‘skilled trades’ or ‘mission critical’ careers, which are closely aligned with community college education programs.
Download the report at:
In addition, you can access links to the occupational profiles for the most mission critical positions – Electronic Maintenance Tech/Instrument Tech, Mechanic/Machinist, and Electrician.
This information is also posted at baccc.net.
David Esmaili, DSN for Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies (AWET)
John Carrese, San Francisco Bay Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research
Forecasting High Growth/Emerging Industries and Workforce Trends
for Community Colleges
The interest for our non-credit classes being implemented at Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE) has surpassed our expectations. On our first class of Water Treatment (T1), one of our students was able to get a job prior to finishing the training. On our second class of Water Distribution (D1), our students are awaiting the results of their test.
On September 13th, CACE hosted an informational meeting to announce the upcoming classes of Water Distribution and Water Treatment, more than 50 people joined us. We are so pleased to see the interest of men and women interested in joining the water industry to start a water career.
We would like to invite our industry partners to open their doors to these students, who are seeking the knowledge to have an opportunity to pass the state test and be part of the well trained and highly skilled workforce as part of the WCP Consortium.