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Water and wastewater training offered at UHMC

By Staff | Aug 27, 2015

KAHULUI – The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii Maui College is offering Water/Wastewater Treatment Entry Level Plant Operator Training for current and aspiring entry level water and wastewater treatment plant operators. The goal of this training is to prepare the next generation of water stewards to manage this precious resource.

The training begins Sept. 8 and runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for three months.

Steve Parabicoli, who has over 35 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry in Hawaii, is the instructor.

He has been the Wastewater Operations Program superintendent, the Water Recycling Program coordinator and the wastewater reclamation facility supervisor for the County of Maui.

Parabicoli said that “the course will give students an opportunity to enter a dynamic industry. The industry needs qualified personnel to fill these vacancies, as safe drinking water and a clean environment are so critically important for the protection of public health.”

Parabicoli calls those in the profession “unsung heroes,” saying they often go unnoticed. “But just think if we did not have these dedicated professionals working to ensure that our tap water is safe to drink and our environment is protected from water pollution.”

Continuing Education Units can be gained through this course. The Department of Health Boards of Certification have approved the CEUs for this class. Wastewater operators will earn 11.0 CEUs; water operators will earn 7.2 CEUs.

This 90-hour training costs $1,900 and includes four textbooks. Tuition assistance via Employment Training Funds (ETF) through Workforce Development may be available for qualifying applicants.

To apply, visit Edventuremaui.com and see the training under the Career Training menu, or call 984-3391.

For further information, contact Melanie at mvstephe@hawaii.edu.