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O&M Infoshare Group and BACWWE – Training Discussion
November 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
For over 15 years, the Bay Area Consortium for Water/Wastewater Education (BACWWE) has been operating as a BACWA Program of Special Benefit, providing technical education to students interested in working in the water industry. Originally contract education courses through Bay Area Community Colleges, the program has recently shifted to a scholarship program, reimbursing students for their tuition and fees related to technical water industry coursework. The program has also expanded from an Operations focus to also include students training in machinery and electronic technology. Unfortunately, there have been very few applications for financial support over the past several semesters.
On November 10, BACWWE will join the BACWA O&M Infoshare meeting to review the program accomplishments and to survey industry professionals about how BACWWE can best support a pipeline of skilled candidates into the industry. We welcome all ideas for how to re-prioritize the focus of the program, and would love for you and your organization to be part of the discussion.
A Zoom option will also be available for remote participation in the discussion (10 am – 12 pm).
The event includes lunch and a tour of the San Jose – Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility for those attending in-person. San Jose Santa Clara Regional Wastewater facility is currently undergoing $2.0 billion dollars of CIP projects that will rebuild and rehabilitate existing infrastructure for various treatment processes. During the tour visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of recently completed projects such thermophilic fixed cover digesters, dissolved air co-thickening and floatation tanks with odor and sludge screening system, new cogeneration engines, emergency diesel generators, and new headworks. Other active construction projects include secondary clarifier improvements, various secondary valves and meter replacements, and blower improvements. Visitors will also able be look at the existing biological nutrient removal systems, and tertiary treatment process which are unique to San Jose.