The main difference is the industry's partners' support, which covers the costs to students. Bay Area industry partners cover the costs of BACWWE classes and textbooks, so there are no additional costs to BACWWE students enrolled in these classes. In return, BACWWE students must pass an initial Math Assessment Test in order to join the program (which Solano Community College students do not have to take) and must maintain at least a C average in their classes in order to proceed. Otherwise, the credits, class descriptions, course-level work, and Certificate of Achievement are the same as those offered through the Solano Community College program.
Industry partners support the BACWWE program in several different ways. First, the experienced instructors are drawn from partner agencies. Partner agencies also help promote the program among their employees, who receive priority placement in BACWWE classes. BACWWE partners also provide students with opportunities for internships or volunteer activities to gain experience, and list current job opportunities through the BACWWE Web site's employment listings. Each class, which costs approximately $14,000 to deliver to students, is subsidized by partners who contribute different amounts based on their daily flow of water or wastewater. Larger plants typically pay $6,000 per semester, while smaller plants pay $1,500 per semester. Partners are asked to contribute for a full academic year to support BACWWE's contract education agreement with Solano Community College. For more information on becoming a BACWWE partner, please click here.
Classes are offered at various locations around the Bay Area, including Martinez, Orinda, Richmond, Dublin, Pleasanton, Union City, Marin, and San Mateo. We rotate the locations each semester to help with commutes from different areas. Classes are held in the evenings at 6:00 p.m., so please take rush hour traffic into account when selecting your classes each semester.