New Jersey’s Community Colleges, in partnership with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, have launched an unprecedented statewide education and training pathways initiative across all education sectors and connected to industry that will strengthen the state’s workforce for community members, businesses, and the economy for years to come. This initiative, New Jersey Pathways to… Continue reading The New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities: Aligning Education to Build an Innovative Workforce
After completing the Environmental Professional Development Academy, cohort members are honored at the AEA annual awards luncheon. Here, members of the first EPDA cohort stand, holding their certificates, with Brian Valentino (far R), EPDA director/executive director at Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, and Michael Ruppel, who was at the time of the photo executive director of… Continue reading Environmental Professional Development Academy Builds Tomorrow’s New Jersey Utility Leaders
Photo description: 2022 Water UP! participants. Photo credit: New Jersey American Water After two years of a global pandemic, the resulting economic and unemployment crises, and with the continued economic uncertainty and unsettled jobs market, it’s understandable if New Jersey’s young people feel uncertain about the future. Now more than ever, our youth need to… Continue reading Building the Water Workforce of the Future
Photo credit: Value of Water campaign, US Water Alliance We rely on water for our survival, and we rely on the drinking water and wastewater utilities in every community to ensure that our water is managed appropriately. Furthermore, water utilities are a vital asset to communities as they impact our local economy, health, and the… Continue reading Jersey Water Works Water Workforce Taskforce is on a mission to bolster education and outreach to make water a career of choice!
The Water Environment Federation collected 21 case studies demonstrating the ways in which the best-in-class water utilities across the country have implemented innovation to optimize the performance of their water workforces. This compendium has a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our national water workforces.
JWW Steering Committee member Tom Churchelow, President of New Jersey Utilities Association, says that as we celebrate New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week this third week of October, we as a state must do all we can to encourage the next generation of utility workers.
Water is a natural resource, but it requires millions of workers to manage it, protect it, and use it for drinking water. These essential workers design, construct, and operate water infrastructure. The water sector offers a number of employment opportunities that often need specific qualifications or licensing. The New Jersey Water Workforce Training Program Inventory is… Continue reading NJ Water Workforce Training Program Inventory
In the City of Camden, two programs were created to train residents of low-income communities and communities of color in green infrastructure maintenance and/or connect them to employment opportunities, including those in the water industry. One is PowerCorps Camden, a water workforce program that allows local youth (ages 18-26) to learn how to maintain green… Continue reading Bolstering the Water Workforce with Innovative Programs
The coronavirus crisis has reminded us of the vital role of our water infrastructure and, accordingly, has highlighted the impact of when it fails. Regardless of a contagious and deadly virus, public health is threatened without safe and reliable water services, both drinking water and wastewater. Along with reminding us how important water infrastructure itself… Continue reading Bolstering the Water Workforce with Innovative Programs