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provided by the state rural water association
and others as needed, and was designed
to ensure a comprehensive professional
education for the apprentice.
Registered apprenticeship programs
allow the apprentice to use VA and
other training/educational funds. In
addition, registered programs can apply
for federal and state grants to assist the
association (sponsor) and employer with
program expenses.
CoBank, a private financial institution,
has been working with NRWA to develop a
fund designed to help ensure the financial
viability of the apprenticeship program.
CoBank's public-private partnerships
investment, along with continuing
support from federal agencies (DOL,
USDA, EPA), state agencies and utilities,

attest to the timeliness of the WaterPro
Apprenticeship program.
On August 11, 2017 the Alliance of
Indiana Rural Water became the first state
association to have a DOL Registered
Apprenticeship Program for Water and
Wastewater Operations Specialists.

The process
In July of 2016, NRWA's senior
leadership (Sam Wade, CEO and Matt
Holmes, deputy CEO) attended the
Department of Labor's Energy Sectors
apprenticeship meeting in Dallas. NRWA
was invited to participate because over
the previous year, we worked with DOL,
EPA and others to update the Water and
Wastewater Competency Model to include
required skillsets relevant to small systems.
The success of the competency model
update put Rural Water on the DOL's radar
for potential apprenticeship programs.
NRWA's leadership jumped at the
opportunity to develop an apprenticeship
program. On November 14, 2016, NRWA
and several state rural water associations
announced the creation of the Workforce
Advancement and Innovation Center in
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The Department of Labor's role is to
safeguard the welfare of apprentices,
ensure equality of access to apprenticeship
programs, and provide integrated
employment and training information
to sponsors and the local employment
and training community. The Obama
administration made expanding the
apprenticeship programs a priority and
NRWA's 31,000 member utilities would
open up a new industry to National
Guidelines Standards of Apprenticeship.
The two-year registered apprenticeship
programs allow state rural water
associations to work with senior system
operations specialists at utilities to provide
training and technical guidance to their
employee/apprentices. The apprentice will
receive 4,000 hours of structured on-thejob (OJT) training under the supervision
of the people who know the system best.
The program's OJT time allows the senior
system operations specialist time to teach
the apprentice the unique characteristics
of the system (institutional knowledge)
which are critical to the optimal operation
of the utility. The OJT is augmented by 288
hours of related training and instruction



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017

From the President
Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Veterans in the Water Industry
New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
WaterPro Rocks Reno
Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 5
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Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Moving Forward with Workforce Development
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Managing and Working in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 18
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Veterans in the Water Industry
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - New Online Database Provides Misleading Information for Tap Water Customers
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - WaterPro Rocks Reno
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Finance: How to Start Saving for Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Technology: Rural Water District Finds Effective GIS Support
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Rita Clary, Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Up the Creek: Of Birds and Men
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - From the CEO
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