Water and wastewater management careers are interesting, stable, local and profitable—and they are here to stay. Qualified professionals are needed now more than ever to protect every community's environment far into the future.
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.