Operator Apprenticeships: Three Perspectives on Value

Registered apprenticeships through state rural water associations are helping smaller utilities attract and develop operators and boost industry professionalism

Operator Apprenticeships: Three Perspectives on Value

The Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District has four operators in apprenticeships under the Illinois Rural Water Association. Shown from left are mentors Wade Lagle, director of operations and Justin Profancik, operations supervisor; and apprentices Dan Bowen, Joe Garrett, Curtis Clark and Brandon Heid.

Hiring and retaining excellent operators remains a challenge for drinking water and clean-water utilities. An excellent way to meet it is through registered apprenticeships.

For six years, the National Rural Water Association has offered such apprenticeships, delivered through...

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