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EPA State Environmental Training Program

Associate Degree • Certificate of Completion

The Water Technology program is an award-winning, up-to-date, technical-training opportunity that will open doors to a career anywhere in the United States. Graduates of this program have found work in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iraq, and Puerto Rico. More than 400 graduates have begun careers in the water field, working in such diverse areas as the semiconductor industry, food processing industry, aerospace industry, electrical power industry, municipal water and wastewater departments, municipal or contract analytical laboratories, water reuse or recycling plants, metal plating companies, engineering consulting firms, and state planning offices.

While jobs are widely available, training programs like this one are rare. As the treatment of water becomes more technical, municipalities and industries rely on training programs to fill their needs. Students in this program learn how to clean water to make it safe for drinking and how to purify water to a high quality for use in computer chip manufacturing, food processing, or steam generation. They also learn how to treat wastewater so it can be safely returned to the environment or reclaimed for beneficial use.

Opportunities for students to gain new knowledge and skills in operations, maintenance, and laboratory areas are provided through classroom training, hands-on laboratories, field trips, guest lectures, and training on the program’s own water and wastewater plants. Before graduating, students will spend a minimum of 180 hours at a internship site with a municipality or industry.

Financial aid beyond loans, grants, work-study monies, and DACC scholarships include five private scholarships specifically for Water Technology students.

Remember to consult the DACC Catalog, available online, for more complete information before choosing a program. Certain restrictions, qualifications, and/or fees may apply.

For further information, contact the program office at (575) 527-7590.