The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is currently developing an apprenticeship program for water and water and wastewater treatment plant operators. The program is in the early stages of development and is being modeled after other successful programs in various states and guidance provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Labor (DOL). We envision a program supported by, and with a great deal of input from, employers of water and wastewater treatment staff throughout Oklahoma. The Rose State program would be unique to our state but similar programs developed across the country have proved to be effective in the recruitment, training and retention of staff that are well versed in the myriad skills that make a candidate a productive employee.
To date a committee comprised of municipalities and private organizations has developed a training curriculum and draft Standards of Apprenticeship. Standards must meet DOL requirements for academic and on-the-job training (OJT). DOL requirements include minimum hours for OJT and classroom training and require documentation of each apprentice candidate’s progress and successful program completion.
We anticipate a winter/spring of 2014 kick-off for the formal program. For more information please contact Bill Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-733-7448.