Learn How to Connect with Students to Explore Water Careers and Recruit the Next Generation of Talent!
Attend the free Work in Water Training Session on Dec. 4 in Auburn !
Attend Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center's free Work in Water Training Session on Dec. 4 in Auburn, where facilitators will lead you step-by-step through lesson and activity plans that will help you engage and educate students about where their water comes from, how their water is treated for drinking, and what happens to wastewater. You will also learn how to get the next generation aware/excited about water careers, and how to lead awesome tours of your treatment plants.

Attendees will be inspired to adapt the Work in Water methodology for their own utility or community to pilot new efforts in support of the water workforce.

Utilities that participate in this training are eligible for mini-grants to cover costs associated with hosting the Work in Water program! 

Work in Water Train-the-Trainer Session
A training that teaches utilities how to adapt WSU's proven water career exploration program in their own community.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 | 10 am - 2 pm

City Hall Council Chambers 
1101 J Street
Auburn, NE ( map)

Free! Lunch Included

Who Should Attend?
Water/wastewater utility directors, managers, HR staff, municipal officials, school career counselors or anyone with an interest in advancing water career opportunities in their community!

*Local utilities and school career counselors are encouraged to attend together.
Why Attend the Work in Water Training?
Wondering who will fill the shoes of your utility staff when they retire or move on to other jobs? If so, you are not alone. It’s projected that in the next 10 years, 37 percent of the water utility workers and 31 percent of wastewater utility workers will retire. Water utilities across the U.S. report that there is an inadequate pool of interested and qualified employees to meet present and future replacement needs for operators and other utility staff. This water workforce gap is not only a headache for managers, but a public safety concern. The Work in Water career development program was designed as a bridge for younger workers to explore water and wastewater careers, and for utilities to find their next generation of talent. 
About WSU EFC's Work in Water Program
WSU Environmental Finance Center's Work in Water Program teaches high school students about the critical role that public water utilities fill in their community. This unique, hands-on learning program allows students to see first-hand the skills, technology, and people that are working to ensure the public has access to safe, healthy drinking water and water recycling resources. After two years of development with seven utilities and more than 200 students across Kansas, the EFC is teaching communities how to adapt the Work in Water program at their utility as a recruiting and outreach tool for the water industry.

The Work in Water program was created by Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center in collaboration and partnership with steering committee members from Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), City of El Dorado, City of Garden City, and City of Wichita. Funding provided by an EPA Environmental Education grant.