Silver Tsunami: New Ways to Prepare Water's Next Gen

Developing the Workforce with Linked Learning

Thursday, April 19
8:50 AM - 9:40 AM
Location: Meeting Room 302/303, Sacramento Convention Center

CWEA: 1 Contact Hour

Practice Area: Team Challenge Area: Workforce Development and Succession Planning

The industry continues to lose its most experienced employees, and the education community has stepped up to recruit and train a new generation of operations specialists. Linked Learning combines academics with work-based learning experiences to ensure an adequate supply of well-trained operators. Efforts to replenish the workforce require the input, collaboration, and mentorship of current water professionals. Attendees will learn how they can contribute and help build the next generation water workforce.

Learner Outcomes:

Level: Intermediate; working knowledge of subject matter / journeyman level staff

Pamela Murawski

Education Programs Developer
California State University Sacramento


Pamela Murawski, M.A., is the Education Programs Developer at the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento. She works to facilitate the creation of career pathways for water operations specialists, and her primary focus is on improving operator knowledge and educational attainment which contribute to a highly skilled and sustainable water workforce.


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John Rowe

Development & Application of Pretreatment Facility Inspection Program
California State University Sacramento


Dr. John Rowe is an A level operator in water and wastewater treatment plant operations. He has been an operator and educator for 32-years in the operations of water and wastewater treatment facilities. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Biological Sciences and has a PhD in Environmental Sustainability and a PhD in Biological Sciences. He has managed wastewater treatment and water treatment facilities as well as industrial pretreatment operations. He was recognized in 2003 and 2005 by winning the National Public Private Partnership Award for innovation by optimizing treatment plant operations and by implementing water operator educational programs.


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