The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (Commission) is offering three scholarships to cover the tuition for the Spring 2021 session of the online water treatment course at Springfield Technical Community College. The course, Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment, runs from February 8 – April 26, 2021 and was developed by Springfield Technical Community College and the Massachusetts Water Works Association with support from the Commission. Registration for the course is now open until January 15, 2021.
The Commission is accepting scholarship applications until January 6, 2021.
The scholarship covers the $829 tuition and cost of books (approximately $139). The Commission will select three recipients.
Scholarship applicants must be current residents of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties, with preference given to Hampden County residents.
Matriculated Massachusetts community college students are not eligible as the course is already offered to them free of charge. Non-matriculated community college students are eligible.
How to Complete Application
Please review all directions and criteria. Eligible applicants should download and complete an application form. The application includes a short essay. Supporting documents, such as a resume or a separate document for the typed essay, can also be included.
How to Submit Application
The application may be submitted by email or mail. Due to recent mail delays, submission of the application form and any supportive documents by email is strongly preferred. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailed applications will be accepted, however, please note that completed application forms must be received by the Commission by the application deadline. The address for mailing applications is Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, PO Box 995, Springfield MA 01101-0995 ATTN: Human Resources Manager.
Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to be considered for the scholarship opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants will be notified by Friday, January 8, 2021 if they have been selected to receive the scholarship.
For more information about the scholarship or about the water treatment plant operator profession, please contact the Commission at email@example.com.
There is currently a high demand for new drinking water treatment plant operators both in the Springfield region and throughout the state. Drinking water treatment operators run and maintain drinking water treatment plants through the operation of computerized treatment systems as well as hands-on maintenance of mechanical components. Drinking water treatment is a rewarding profession that is ever-responding to new conditions such as climate change, scientific and technological advances, and new governmental regulations. Residents of Western Massachusetts considering or seeking a new career in 2021 can also look to drinking water treatment as an essential, non-outsourceable profession that offers competitive pay and robust benefits while serving on the front lines for the local community.
More information on the course, water treatment training and licensure, and student testimonials is available here.