The Larimer County Workforce Center, in partnership with the Weld County Workforce Center, the Cities of Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, is launching a new training program for potential water and wastewater utility employees.
The new program is called the Water Utility Science Program (WUSP). Students interested in the WUSP will begin classes this fall. WUSP will prepare students for career opportunities in water and wastewater. It will provide specialized training leading to State of Colorado certifications for jobs in both fields. For application and program information go to http://www.getintowaterco.org/northern-colorado-project/. Applications are due on July 27, 2012.
Industry sources estimate that hundreds of mission critical water positions could open up in Colorado in the next five to six years because of baby boomer retirements, job losses to other industries, and population growth. “Jobs in this field tend to be stable, and benefits packages are good, too. The program will fill the resource pipeline with qualified personnel for jobs in water and wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection,” said Tom Dingeman, Greeley’s Wastewater Treatment Division Manager.WUSP is part of a larger initiative RMSAWWA has launched called the Get Into Water! Project. Get Into Water! addresses workforce deficits projected in Colorado’s Front Range for jobs deemed mission critical in the water and wastewater field over the next five to six years. Get Into Water!, which began in Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver and Boulder counties in 2010, introduces adults and high school students to career opportunities in the water and wastewater operations fields and provides training courses leading to State of Colorado certifications.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) approved additional funding of $75,000 for the Get Into Water! Project to expand efforts in northern Colorado. The original grant was for $500,000. RMSAWWA and the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association are teaming with Larimer Workforce Center, Weld County Workforce Development Center and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDLE, school districts and local and regional water and wastewater providers to develop and implement the training program.