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What's the difference between BACWWE and Solano Community College Water/Wastewater Technology Program classes?

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 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. The priority registration for a BACWWE course is based on a strict set of criteria, unlike Solano Community College, which is basically "first come, first serve."

How do I become eligible for the BACWWE program?

To be eligible, you must be 18 years old and a high school graduate. You also should have a solid understanding of mathematics, especially algebra and geometry. That's why we expect you to pass a Math Assessment before enrolling in any BACWWE classes.

How do I get started if I want to be part of the BACWWE program?

The first step is to schedule, prepare for, and pass a math assessment that is offered before each semester, every spring and fall. After you take the test, you should find out the results (via e-mail) within a few weeks. Once you pass the assessment, you'll need to complete an application for admission through the Solano College website. Depending on availability, you'll be placed in your requested class the next semester.

You can review more information about the test here.

If I join the program as a student, what is my commitment?

The cost of BACWWE classes is covered by industry partners who are investing in the next generation of water and wastewater professionals. In exchange for providing instructors and covering the costs of the classes and textbooks, BACWWE expects students who enroll in the BACWWE program to commit to attending classes, completing assignments, and maintaining grades of C or higher. If you can't honor these commitments, you may not be able to continue. However, the BACWWE team wants its students to succeed. If you find yourself struggling for any reason, please talk to your instructor to see how we can help.

If I don't pass the Math Assessment, may I take it again?

Absolutely! The test is offered twice a year. We encourage prospective students who are not eligible for the program based on their math assessment results to prepare for their next attempt by focusing on problem areas with tutoring, practice, and/or a community college course (e.g., an Algebra course).

How do I enroll in a class?

BACWWE students may request enrollment in a limited number of classes each semester after they have passed the math assessment and obtained or re-activated their Student Identification Number (SCCID) through CCC Apply. To enroll in a specific class, click here. To find out more about available classes click here, or here for a recommended sequence of classes.

Which class should I take first, and what sequence of classes should I take?

The exact sequence of classes depends on your background and professional goals. The introductory courses for wastewater (Water 100) and water treatment (Water 104) are among the required core courses for all tracks, and credits earned in either class count towards the Certificate of Achievement that is a recommended credential sought by employers. Several classes do require prerequisites. It could takes up to 3 years to complete all the classes if you take classes only through the BACWWE program.

May I take classes at the Solano campus and also through BACWWE?

Yes! The difference is that you will incur a fee for the Solano classes. If you are a full-time student and able to travel to Fairfield, we do recommend that you take classes at both places, so that you'll have a better chance of getting into the classes and completing your studies faster. (BACWWE classes are restricted to one class per student per semester, and you may not be able to enroll in your first choice.)

Where are class locations?

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.