Webinar | Ready to Work: Creating a Competency-Based Credential for the Water Sector

Date(s) - 11/05/2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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A skilled workforce is the core of effective water operations. Small water systems often hire new operators who must learn a variety of workplace competencies and technical skills. A credentialing process built on standards-based competencies can prepare new operators to meet the demands of small water systems. The first part of this series will provide a framework for developing a Water Workforce Readiness Credential to prepare high-school students for work in the water industry. The second part of the series, happening November 12, 2019, will outline steps to build a pathway to apprenticeship through a skills-based pre-apprenticeship program.

The second part of this webinar series, held November 12, 2019 can be viewed here.

Pam Murawski, Education Programs Developer, California State University at Sacramento in the Office of Water Programs
Dan DeMoss, Executive Director, California Rural Water Association
Debra DiBiase, Director of Opportunity Youth Programs, SIATech Charter High Schools
Henry Davis, Pathway Curriculum Specialist, SIATech charter school
Kim Moore, Principal, SIATech Sacramento South

Participants will:

  • Access and discuss the Department of Labor Competency Model for Water and Wastewater Operators
  • Utilize competency worksheets to identify necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to include in their credential
  • Create a gap analysis to inventory and identify missing competencies
  • Evaluate an existing Workforce Readiness Credential
  • Identify and discuss potential partnerships

Who should attend: City council and rural water district board members, mayors, city managers/administrators, city clerks, HR staff, finance directors, public works directors and water utility managers.