BACWWE students tend to be able to pass the certification exams sooner than most and stay on in our organization. Recruiting and hiring new employees is a huge investment and expense for employers and hiring students who have gone through the BACWWE program makes it more likely that investment will pay off."
The Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education (BACWWE) was launched in 2007 to connect local water and wastewater employers to a pool of interested students — the next generation of water and wastewater professionals in our area. Many of the 700+ students who have enrolled in 35 BACWWE courses over the past 5 years are already working in the industry.
Whether these students are new to the field or upgrading their skills, they are crucial to BACWWE's strategies for closing the gap between current workforce projections and expected retirements within the next decade.
BACWWE's industry partners support and strengthen the operator training pipeline in several ways: by financially supporting classes (offered through a Contract Education agreement with Solano Community College), by providing the instructors with state-of-the-art knowledge who teach the classes, and by connecting students to internships and eventual employment.
Currently 19 partners fund the program by contributing a fee each academic year that is based on a formula tied to their daily flow of water or wastewater. For a list of current partners, click here.