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$181,638 Grant to St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Mo., for Drinking Water Job Training

Release Date: 07/11/2012
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, (913) 551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov (news media only)

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(Kansas City, Kan., July 11, 2012) - EPA has awarded $181,638 to St. Louis Community College (STLCC), St. Louis, Mo., for drinking water job training.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “From EPA’s standpoint, it is essential that we groom talented and committed young people into drinking water fields in order to meet the need and shortage of experts in this important industry. The certification training is essential to successful job placement in this field.”

The training meets requirements set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for drinking water treatment certification. The core curriculum focuses on the skills necessary for entry-level jobs at drinking water facilities. It includes sessions on water quality monitoring, green infrastructure, operations, maintenance, mathematics, and drinking water regulations.

EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health. The responsibility for ensuring safe drinking water is shared by EPA, states, tribes, water systems, and the public.

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