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Lincoln University Hosts Boot Camp Graduation for High School and College Students Interested in Water Industry Careers

Release Date: 07/24/2012
Contact Information: EPA - Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov; or Missouri American Water - Ann Dettmer, 314-623-3822, ann.dettmer@amwater.com

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(Kansas City, Kan., July 24, 2012) - EPA and Lincoln University (LU) officials will gather Friday, July 27, in Jefferson City, Mo., to present graduation certificates to high school and college students who have participated in a week-long water industry boot camp training session.

The training, which began Monday, July 23, was offered to students from LU and local high schools, including Jefferson City High School and Helias Catholic High School. Students have learned about essential concepts of water quality and treatment, and the operations and responsibilities of water utilities and professionals who protect public health by providing clean, safe, potable water.

Lincoln University, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Missouri American Water Company have provided experts in the water industry to serve as teachers during the boot camp. The educational sessions have included lectures, group activities, laboratory tasks, tours of facilities, field trips, information about Geographic Information Systems, and water meter testing.

WHAT: Water Industry Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony

WHERE: Lincoln University, Memorial Hall, Room 114, 818 Chestnut, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012

WHO: Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator, and Steve Meredith, LU Dean of Agricultural and Natural Sciences

LU is a historically black college located in the capital city of Missouri, Jefferson City. LU was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed African-Americans. LU strives to address the under representation of African-Americans in science, finance, mathematics, information technologies and environmental specialist fields, and encourages the participation of minorities in national environmental programs.

EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health. The Agency is working with universities, water industry professionals and the public to meet the growing needs and demands of limited water resources.

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