Summer is here!
As the kids head into their summer break, most of us continue to report
to work each day. Hopefully, you can
find some time to plug into some education sessions in the next few
months. You can take the opportunity to
brag to kids you know how you are taking the opportunity to get smarter while
they are spending time with their summer companion – X Box! All kidding aside, hopefully our community’s
youth are wise enough to limit their video gaming and enjoy the outdoors during
summer break. Hopefully, you can take
some time to get out of the hot sun and get some training in.
The Education Committee and the ISAWWA staff
continue to work hard to coordinate training sessions for you. If it is not out already, you should see the
training catalog for the second half of the year soon. Please recall our many formats for training,
including one hour webinars (live and on-demand), one hour Engineering Power
Hours, three to five hour in-person seminars and multi-week classes, to name a
In addition to the typical training coordination,
the Education Committee will be focusing on two main efforts throughout the
second half of the year. In support of
one of our Chair’s (John Van Arsdel) main goals and to build on our Operator
Day track at WATERCON, we will be focusing on developing a leadership training
seminar. Our current goal is to develop
a leadership training seminar-in-a-box.
The "box” will contain all of the educational tools necessary for the
seminar to go on the road. In lieu of
overloading our fantastic folks who are helping put it together with multiple
presentations throughout the State, we will provide the handouts, slides and
guidance for facilitators. The
facilitators will work through the program with the attendees. When they have completed the session, they
will send the box back to ISAWWA where it will then be distributed to another group.
The second effort is to build on the restrained
joint seminar-in-a-box that already has been created. The Committee will be working to use both the
leadership and restrained joint seminar-in-a-box processes to develop
guidelines for future seminars-in-a-box.
We believe the seminar-in-a-box series will allow the training programs
to reach a larger audience. I hope you
agree. We look forward to rolling out
the seminars-in-a-box toward the end of the year or early next year. We look forward to groups requesting the
boxes, conducting the training, and then giving us feedback on the training
Speaking of WATERCON and leadership training…..we
have received a lot of positive remarks about our Operator Day program of which
the theme was Succession Planning &
the Future of the Water Industry.
Thank you so much to the speakers who took the time to pull together
presentations and to speak to the group.
There was good attendance at the sessions, as well as at the IEPA Meet the Staff opener. Thank
you to the IEPA staff members for sharing their insight with the group in those
comfy chairs. I also want to thank Terry
McGhee for allowing us to use his water jeopardy slide show at our WATERCON
booth. It provided a great backdrop for
discussion, and I think it is fair to say many of us learned a few new things
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. 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