This fall, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) began offering a new curriculum at its Ankeny campus. Thanks to a joint effort between an industry-wide committee (including American Water Works Association-IA Section, Iowa Water Environment Association, Iowa Rural Water Association, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources), this new curriculum has been designed to help educate a future workforce to fill the large number of openings expected in the water and wastewater industries due to retirements.
There will be three areas of study: water, wastewater, and a combination water/wastewater embedded in a larger two year AAS Degree industrial program. There will be three levels of education available; a Degree, a Diploma, and a Certificate of Specialization. By embedding into a larger industrial program, DMACC won’t have the pressure of keeping numbers of water/wastewater students up in order to keep the program alive (which has been an issue in previous programs across the state). When the number of students allows it, the water/wastewater program will be offered by other community colleges around the state.
The curriculum will be “in class” and “web-based” to reach both traditional and non-traditional students. The web-based students will attend one day of concentrated classes a week on campus. This allows students who are working, to take classes while continuing their employment.
DMWW assisted DMACC with the program and course design and will assist the instructors with assessment review. Des Moines Water Works is excited to have this new water/wastewater curriculum available to our employees and future employees.