Drinking Water Treatment Training Scholarships
Drinking Water Treatment Training Scholarships

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (Commission) is offering up to three scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and books for the Spring 2024 semester (January – April) session of Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment. This course can be the first step towards a new lifelong career!

Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment
Coursed offered virtually at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in partnership with Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA)
January 22, 2024 – April 11, 2024; Self-paced, virtual course
Course prepares students to sit for the Treatment 2 (T2) water treatment state licensing exam (required to work as a licensed water operator).

The Spring 2024 scholarship application deadline is Friday, December 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants selected to advance to the final round of consideration for the scholarship will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview as part of the final application process. The Commission will conduct interviews in December 2023/early January 2024 based on when applications are received and reviewed. Successful candidates will be notified of their scholarship award and provided with instructions on how to complete their course enrollment by the registration deadline.    

Scholarship Information

The scholarship covers the $900 tuition and cost of books (approximately $200).

Applicant Criteria

Preference will be 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.

Download an application

How to Submit Application

Submit your completed application, including any attachments and supporting documents, to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission via email info@waterandsewer.org.

Application submission by email is strongly encouraged. 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:  Educational Outreach Manager.

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2023 to be considered for the scholarship opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the final round of the scholarship application process and will be scheduled for a virtual interview.

Download the application here. 

Questions and More Information

For more information about the scholarship or about the water treatment plant operator profession, please contact the Commission at info@waterandsewer.org.


Rewarding Careers in the Water Industry

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 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.

Free Training Program for Community College Students

Current Massachusetts Community College students can enroll in Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment for free!  

Click here to learn more about this special opportunity for matriculated community college students to take an important first step in establishing a life-long career in the water industry.