Rose State College Awards First Recipient of Bob Basolo Scholarship, Thanks to Watertech Inc. Donation Published March 24, 2022

Rose State College Awards First Recipient of Bob Basolo ScholarshipScholarship to aid Oklahoma City resident Lisa Hamilton with a “passion for the environment” 

The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center (OETC) at Rose State College (Rose State) is pleased to announce Oklahoma City resident Lisa Hamilton as the first recipient of the Bob Basolo Scholarship. The scholarship, awarded in January 2022, will provide Hamilton the opportunity to complete several OETC certification programs leading to a career as a water/wastewater operator at no cost to her. 

With a “passion for the environment,” Hamilton is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. 

“I am so honored to receive this scholarship,” said Hamilton. “Once I complete the certification classes, I will be able to immediately pursue employment in the field of environmental sciences, bringing me one step closer to achieving my goals and living my passion.” 

The award is designed to put an individual into a career where demand for qualified operators is high and salaries are competitive. The scholarship will cover the cost of two D‑Level courses, a test fee for the D-Level Certification, one C-Level Lab course and a test fee for the C‑Level Lab Certification.

“We’re so grateful to Watertech, Inc. for their generous donation towards making this scholarship possible,” said Rose State President Dr. Jeanie Webb. “This will allow more students to pursue a lucrative career in the water industry.”

For more than four decades, the OETC has trained Oklahoma’s water operators and has a consistently high pass rate for certifications. The OETC will award the scholarship to one deserving young man or woman each year (for the next five years) interested in a career in the water industry.

Water careers may very well be one of the Oklahoma workforce’s best-kept secrets. Training, while intense, is completed inside one week for entry-level certification. Jobs are incredibly secure because of the infinite need for clean water. Technology has vastly improved the operator’s duties creating a safe, efficient work environment. Advancement opportunities are plentiful. Water operators, like our other civil servants, are everyday heroes – quietly maintaining and protecting a clean, safe water supply for the masses. 

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