ETHS introduces new Water Operator Training Program for 2017-18 school year
Mar 10, 2017 3:30pm CT
ETHS juniors and seniors were invited to learn about various local apprenticeship, job and work opportunities during WorKIT Week at the high school in March. Darrell King, Water Production Bureau Chief for the City of Evanston, spoke to ETHS students about the training and certification program as well as increased opportunities for employment and advancement in the water industry. As more water operators retire in coming years, a new generation of workers will be needed to fill the workforce shortage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for water system operators is currently between $51,000 and $66,000 per year.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a rewarding career that does not require a four-year college degree,” said Shelley Gates, CTE Department Chair.
CTE programs at ETHS are designed to prepare students for lifelong success using project-based learning experiences and the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications while still in high school. Career programs and certifications at ETHS include the areas of advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, information technology, child development, engineering, pharmacy technician, culinary arts, and public safety.
ETHS students may contact their counselor or the CTE Department if they have questions. Additional information is available from the City of Evanston.