Columbia College Brings Water Career Education to Calaveras County

Made possible through collaboration with San Joaquin Delta College and both institutions desire to address the workforce needs of Calaveras County, Columbia College will be offering “Introduction to Water Resources Management” at Calaveras High School in San Andreas. This weekly class starts on Thursday August 27, 2015; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and ends on December 10, 2015.Open enrollment for this 3-unit credit course is offered to both high school students and adult learners. Visit to enroll.

This class is an introduction and overview of the educational tracks offered through Columbia College, including Watershed Management, Water for Consumption and Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant Operations, and the emerging field of Decentralized Wastewater Management.

“The water industry has many opportunities to obtain gainful employment,” said Steve Christianson, who will teach the course. “With Baby Boomers retiring, increased Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation and the ongoing drought, attainment qualifications offer great employment opportunities for highly qualified workers, which are in extreme demand.” Columbia College’s students who have obtained the industry certifications offered are highly sought after by the industry. Columbia also offers a two-year Associate in Science – Occupational Education (ASOE) in Water Resources Management.

Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, the Dean of Career Technical Education and Economic Development is excited about where Columbia College is headed under the leadership of President Dr. Angela Fairchilds and Vice President Dr. Leslie Buckalew.

“Columbia College’s administration is fully supportive of our efforts to be one of the leaders in educating people interested in obtaining employment in the water industry,” Tenbergen said. “Our field experts like Dr. Tom Hofstra are very well known, connected and respected throughout California.”
For more information about this class and other Career Technical Education courses offered at Columbia College, call (209) 588-5142 or visit

The above information was provided via press release from Columbia College.

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