2020 Operator School Update:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. We have had to adjust priorities and rethink the way we do things. Although aspects of our lives are slowly returning to normal, there are many unknowns. Those unknowns are impacting everything that require planning, including the Operator School.
To properly prepare for Operator School, locations and instructors need to be available, as do students. In order to start at the beginning of August, as is customary, the Committee would need to have the plan and details ready in time for an early June announcement for registration. These plans include availability of instructors, locations for the classes, and the ability for the students to attend.
The Operator School Committee met on May 15 to discuss the upcoming school. We discussed Indiana’s plans for reopening, as well as the policies our classroom sites and utility employers are enacting. The potential use of social distancing, masks, etc. were reviewed, and we also discussed alternative methods of providing the Operator School training.
After much discussion, to protect the health and safety of our students, instructors and others that may be present at the training sites, the Committee voted to postpone the 2020 Operator School. The Committee will be meeting over the next several months to look at ways that we can provide training, and perhaps, we could have classes in the winter. We will be reviewing the pandemic situation and looking at all of our options.
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12-week Operator School
The Indiana Section of the American Water Works Association, in cooperation with the Drinking Water Branch of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, is offering a water treatment and distribution operator training course this fall. This 12-week Operator School is an excellent way for water professionals to expand their water distribution and water treatment knowledge, and for operators to prepare for IDEM’s water works operator certification exams. Registration information and class dates and locations can be found at this link:
One AWWA Operator Scholarship The One AWWA Operator Scholarship will be awarded to one individual in each of the five Indiana Section Districts. The funds will be used to cover the cost of the Operator School class, the cost of the recommended books for each recipient and some reimbursement for travel expenses. Below is the link to the application for the 2019 scholarship: One AWWA Operator Scholarship 2019 Application Applications for the One AWWA Operator Scholarship must be received by June 30, 2019.