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April 08, 2019
OhioMeansJobs, Allen County, Rhodes State College and the City of Lima Partner to Offer Wastewater Operator Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Local Youth

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2019

OhioMeansJobs, Allen County, Rhodes State College and the City of Lima Partner to Offer Wastewater Operator Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Local Youth

LIMA, Ohio -- OhioMeansJobs, Allen County, Rhodes State, and the City of Lima have joined forces to offer a Wastewater Operator Pre-Apprenticeship program to train candidates to fill the local demand in this area. The goal of this pre-apprenticeship program is to familiarize the youth of Allen County with the wastewater operator occupation and career pathway opportunity. Rhodes State will provide the related instruction courses, County and City treatment plants will provide the on-the-job training hours, and Ohio Means Jobs - Allen County will fund eligible youth participants' work experience and supportive services to ensure program success.

The pre-apprenticeship is a preparatory program that grooms individuals who want to begin a career in certain industries and trades and equips participants with education and real-life experiences to help them find employment as a Registered Apprentice-and eventually, as a licensed professional.

There is a constant need for local Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators from the County, City and local communities. These operators control processes and equipment that removes pollutants to ensure wastewater can be returned safely to natural areas or be reused. Operators are credentialed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and at the completion of the program, participants will take the EPA Exam and, if successful, earn their Wastewater Class 1 Operator In Training (OIT) credential.

An Information Session will be held for youth and their parents on April 17, 2019, from 6-8pm at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer's Office, 3230 N. Cole Street, Lima. "It is estimated 30 to 50% of the water/wastewater workforce nationwide could retire within the next 10 years. Wages for operators can vary from the entry-level positions starting at $40,000 to over $100,000 per year depending on level of certification and experience," said Steve Kayatin, Allen County Sanitary Engineer. The average hourly wage for an EPA Certified Class I Wastewater Operator in Ohio was $23.02 in 2017. The dates for the classes will run June 10 -August 16. Interested individuals can register for the April 17th info session by calling Margo Meyer at ( 419) 995-8416 or Steve Musser ( 419) 999-0314.

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