Tuesday marked another milestone in the return of NEIWPCC wastewater operator training. Seventeen individuals participated in the inaugural class, a two-hour training on collections systems taught by NEIWPCC training coordinator, Don Kennedy.
Wastewater operators attending the class praised the format, citing the “flexibility to attend remotely,” “great slides, host, and presenter,” “easy to ask questions,” and “[excellent] value to cost ratio to attend.” Several already signed up for additional classes.
The idea of virtual training is not new to NEIWPCC, but with the onset of the novel coronavirus, the impetus to create a virtual training program based on NEIWPCC’s in-person training elevated in priority.
Mike Jennings, manager of NEIWPCC’s Lowell-based WW operator training program, offered these thoughts about the remote training program. “…we’re not offering anything different, were offering the same high-quality, strong, and essential trainings in a new and accessible format.”
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Jennifer Lichtensteiger and Don Kennedy were also instrumental in the development of the virtual training program.
Eleven more classes are scheduled through early July. Included in the upcoming schedule are three basic laboratory skills trainings taught by Nora Lough of Clean Water Training and Solutions, LLC.
Also notable is a timely brewery wastewater fundamentals class, and a two-part virtual version of NEIWPCC’s highly sought after pumps class (101 and 201).
Classes are two to three hours long and cost $25-$35. All classes award training contact hours for completion. Same day registration is available up to one hour before the class begins. Class size is limited. Additional classes covering intermediate and advanced skills will be developed and launched later this year.