State Superintendent Tony Evers has awarded NEW Water with a "Business Friends of Education" award, for outstanding work on its partnership with the Green Bay Area Public Schools (GBAPS). The fruitful collaboration includes a Youth Apprenticeship Program, in which students work at the NEW Water treatment plant.
The press release states:
"Awareness of an aging workforce and the need to recruit new workers for careers in environmental engineering and wastewater treatment helped Scott Thompson, Operator Trainer for NEW Water, the new brand for the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, forge partnerships that laid the foundation for a pilot Youth Apprenticeship program. Thompson worked with the Green Bay Area School District, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Currently two students from Southwest High School are involved in the pilot Youth Apprenticeship in Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Treatment, and one recently completed 500 hours of work at the treatment plant. In addition to the apprenticeship pilot, the NEW Water offers facility tours or will bring its "School Talks Program" on the road to share information about the wastewater treatment process, water quality, environmental stewardship, and its new Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy generation system known as the R2E2 Project. Thompson will accept the award on behalf of NEW Water."
To learn more about the Youth Apprenticeship Program click here.