Jeff Freeman, Chair
Greetings from the Education Committee and Happy 2014! WATERCON will be here before you know it, and
spring is right around the corner. Your
Education Committee is continuing our efforts to offer high quality education
opportunities for the membership.
By now you should have seen our 2014 training booklet. We have included training opportunities for
the entire year within this publication.
Please note the Training
portion of the Section’s website is updated constantly. In some cases there will be training sessions
listed on the website that were not in training booklet, so for the most
up-to-date list of training opportunities, please visit: www.isawwa.org/training.
Hopefully, you have already participated in some of the
training sessions, and/or are signed up for an upcoming one. We continue to offer training in many
different formats, so that you can find training sessions that can fit into your
busy schedule. For instance, we have
programmed or provided access to night classes, home study programs, programs
for aspiring operators, live webinars, online courses and in-person seminars. We also continue to build the Association’s
library of videos/DVDs and webinars on demand.
Our webinars will continue to be free for ISAWWA members in
2014. They are typically scheduled
around lunch time in an effort to minimize the disruption to the workday. If you have not already done so, you may want
to look into participating in one. After
all, you cannot beat the price of admission!
I am pleased to report the Education Committee has put
together another educational and thought- provoking Operator Track for WATERCON
2014. The theme for this year’s Operator
Track is This Old House. The presentations within the track will focus
on water systems that have recently expanded or upgraded their water
facilities. Most presentations will
include multiple presenters who can talk about the project from several
different perspectives. For instance, we
will have owners, operators and engineers talking about their project’s old house. Thank you to the presenters who have agreed
to prepare presentations and to share their experiences. In this time with limited growth and limited
budgets, facility rehabilitations, rather than new facilities, are being
planned and executed. Please note we
also are working with the Small Systems Committee to fill out the panel for the
Meet the IEPA Staff session first
thing in the morning on Tuesday.
The Education Committee has also put together a Stretch Your Education track for
WATERCON 2014. This year marks the pilot
year for the program. We think it will
be a big hit, but we will be extremely interested to obtain feedback from the
participants in the program as well as folks who considered participating but
chose not to. Participants in the Stretch Your Education track will visit
four exhibitor booths within the exhibit hall over a one-hour period. The 15-minute stop at each booth will include
an educational session on a topic, process or piece of equipment. Participants will receive one (1) CEU for
their attendance at all four booths.
Presenters and participants will need to sign up for this track prior to
the conference. If you are interested in
signing up, please go to the Section’s website soon. A big thank you goes out to Bill Balluff for
taking the leadership reins on developing this program.
In addition to developing educational tracks, the Education
Committee is working out the details for our booth at WATERCON 2014. Please be sure to stop by our booth and say
hi, see what we are up to with our committee, and test your water knowledge with
the potential of being entered in a drawing to win a door prize! The fantastic Terry McGhee has come up with another
version of his Water Jeopardy (V2.0). Thank
you, Terry! For all existing Committee
members, and all those who have an interest in joining, we will be holding a Committee
meeting at WATERCON 2014 on Tuesday, March 18th at 4:00 p.m. Please come and join us for the
discussion. We are always looking for
new folks who can bring additional ideas to the Committee.
Lastly, Education Committee members are participating in the
Section’s Strategic Plan Implementation Team ad hoc committee. One of the first orders of business for this
Committee is to determine how our educational program will meet our Section’s
mission to provide total water
solutions. We have been seeking input
from the membership, and will continue to seek your input, to determine how we
can best meet your total water educational
needs. If you have specific ideas on how
the Education Committee can meet your total
water education needs, please be sure to pass them along.
Please remember we are always looking for training session
ideas. If you are interested in
presenting a topic, or there is a topic that you would really like to learn
about, please contact Lisa Hoffhines and let her know your thoughts. Lisa’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please recall the many different formats of
our education program. We can program
one hour webinars, three to five hour in-person seminars, up to multi-week
classes. If you ever have any comments
or questions about the Education Committee and/or education program, please
feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 630-466-6700.
you at WATERCON 2014!