Oklahoma Environmental Training Center Celebrates Excellence Published June 15, 2015 by Donna Syth

Regent Wright OETC Student and President Webb

Sheena Zahler, City of Edmond, is presented the Oklahoma Water Stewardship Award by Regent Betty J.C. Wright (left) and President Jeanie Webb (right).

The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center (OETC) at Rose State College presented their first Oklahoma awards, “Celebrating Centers of Excellence” in the field of environmental, safety, and water/wastewater treatment. The awards were presented during a luncheon held at the college’s Student Center June 11.  

The 2015 Awards were presented to the following:

Quinton Lane – “Outstanding Water Student of the Year.” Mr. Lane is an employee of the Sac and Fox Nation; he received a perfect score on the Department of Environmental Quality Operator certification test. This is the first time an individual received a perfect score on this exam.

Sheena Zahler – “Oklahoma Water Stewardship Award.”  This award is presented to an individual who actively advocates water efficiency, conservation and promotes clean water. Ms. Zahler, a water well operator, is employed by the City of Edmond.

Chris Wisniewski – “Oklahoma Water Legacy Award” this award recognizes an individual who has clearly demonstrated a lifelong passion and commitment to the public water supply, distribution and or treatment.  Mr. Wisniewski is employed by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality as the Environmental Programs Manager.

Veolia Water North America – “Oklahoma Water Contractor of the Year” This award is presented to a water contractor who shows outstanding commitment to water quality. Veolia Water North America manages and operates wastewater treatment plants around the state of Oklahoma.

City of Norman – “Governmental Water Excellence Award” is an award presented to a political subdivision (local, state or federal government) for ongoing commitment to outstanding water supply, distribution, treatment and infrastructure improvements. The City of Norman continually strives to ensure their water customers have clean, safe drinking water.  

About OETC:

The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center (OETC) at Rose State College was established in 1975 by gubernatorial appointment to provide environmental training for the state of Oklahoma. The center offers a broad range of affordable environmental, safety, water and wastewater certificate classes. All levels of operator certification training are provided.