RAIN incubator is instituting a career technical education program named Waterversity. This program will create career pathways, enhance quality of life, provide essential skills, and promote environmental justice for BIPOC and other underserved communities. Waterversity offers a 30 hour online instructional workshop that will teach essential skills and will place graduates on the path to be recognized as Operators in Training in the Wastewater Treatment field.
Participants in Waterversity will learn the basics of biochemical treatment of residential, municipal, and industrial wastewater. The program has been certified by the Washington State Dept. of Ecology. Program graduates will achieve the Association of Boards of Certification benchmark for competency in 28 States with the goal of increasing education and job opportunities with an emphasis in scientific analysis and targeted experimentation.
The Waterversity career technical education program will help municipalities and organizations address the projected need for certified professionals in this field. An estimated 1 in 5 Operators will retire by 2026. In this same time frame the industry will grow by 6%. These factors indicate a forecasted shortage of essential workers with in-demand skills. These are high-paying job opportunities available to graduates of the Waterversity Program.
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