EFCN Hosts Workforce and Capital Planning Webinars

Our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering two webinars in June that may be just what you’re looking for…


Sigh up for the EFCN webinar titled Ask the Expert:  Workforce Development

DATE:              Thursday, June 8

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/311472233766650883

This no cost webinar will include a brief overview of several of the major components of workforce development including recruitment, succession planning, and evaluating performance. This webinar will allow extended additional time for questions and discussion from the audience.


Join EFCN a week later for another free webinar, this one to Ask the Expert:  Advice on Capital Planning for Your Water System

DATE:              Wednesday, June 14

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2332795720187920899

This online forum offers a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding water system capital planning.  If you are interested in undertaking long term planning for your system, this is your chance to ask some of the tough questions…where do I start; are capital plans and asset management plans the same thing; what types of assets belong in a capital plan; how can I tie needed capital improvements to change my rates; what resources or software will help me make a good plan???


Workforce Webinar Reminder

Don’t forget to register and join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here to Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry.

EFCN & AWWA Host a Workforce Webinar

Please join our colleagues at the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) and AWWA as they present a comprehensive overview of the components of attracting, maintaining, and retaining a quality workforce.

Workforce Development:  An Overview of Key Components

DATE:              Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here Register

Topics covered will include:  recruitment, retention, evaluating performance, succession planning, and communicating about the industry,

Please share this information with those in your state with an interest in Workforce issues.

Retaining Your Workforce Webinar

Our EFCN colleagues are hosting a webinar to share strategies on how small systems can retain a happy workforce.

DATE:              December 8, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1046788224422506497

This webinar will provide some useful retention practices for small systems to use to maintain a strong and happy workforce.  It also will share evaluation tools that can be used to measure employee performance and support professional development.


Succession Planning Webinar

As part of the ongoing EFCN and AWWA collaboration to provide information for small systems, the latest addition to the series is Succession Planning.

DATE:              Thursday, September 15

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7133636214091708673

With an aging workforce and declining interest and engagement from younger professionals entering the workforce, developing a succession plan is a vital component to managing water infrastructure. This webinar will touch on the topics of recruitment, retention, and will do a detailed review of how to develop a succession plan.

EPA Hosts Operator Tools Webinar

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team is hosting a webinar to reintroduce us to several useful tools that can help small system operators better manage their workloads; help recruit new operators to the program; and help decisionmakers hire the right contract operator for their system

DATE:              August 16, 2016

TIME:               12:30-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=2968&evt=OpCertTools


This FLYER – Lost and Forgotten Tools of the OpCert Program Webinar (002) contains more information about this event.

Keys to Recruiting Qualified Water Utility Staff

Just a reminder – AWWA and EFCN are partnering to bring you great information about how to maximize a water system’s ability to attract and retain good staff.

DATE:             July 21, 2016

TIME:              2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7465059803546637316

Attendees will learn to:

  • Recognize the barriers to attracting qualified water operators and other water industry employees
  • Identify the benefits to working in the water industry and utilize those “selling points” to attract qualified employees
  • Frame job descriptions, postings and other recruitment tools in a way that attracts job seekers, especially millennials
  • Target recruitment efforts and establish plans to find future employees.


About the webinar…contact Khris Dodson at kdodson@syracusecoe.org.

About small systems training…contact Kami Johle Butt at kbutt@awwa.org

MORE Webinar Opportunities from EFCN

In addition to the webinars co-presented with their AWWA training partners, the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) has just shared information about additional webinar topics that they will present in June and July.  Please share these opportunities with your colleagues in the water community.  See below for details…

Completing an Energy Audit – What You Need to Do Your Own

DATE:              Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TIME:               1:30-2:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1279049056024847619

If you are interested in completing your own energy audit, this webinar will provide you with the information you need to be successful. By completing an energy audit you will be able to see what the energy costs are to run each piece of equipment you use at your utility. This information can then be used to help determine if there are potential operational changes, size changes or other changes that could be made that would save the utility operations money that could be better used elsewhere.  Dawn Nall of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center is the presenter.


Ask the Expert:  Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin

DATE:              Thursday, June 30, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5017538124994802948

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, you probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?” You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management at your utility.  Heather Himmelberger, Director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, is the presenter.


Keys to Recruiting Qualified Water Utility Staff

DATE:              Thursday, July 21, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7465059803546637316

What are your utility’s most valuable assets? Nope, it’s not your pumps or your lines, it’s your employees. Learn how to find and recruit water utility staff. In this session you will discover the barriers to attracting job applicants and the selling points you can use to find and attract qualified employees.  Tonya Bronleewe of the Wichita State Environmental Finance Center is the presenter.


Need Help with Workforce Issues?

EPA’s Sustainable Systems Team invites you to join them and their partners (Department of Labor, AWWA, WEF, RCAP, and NRWA) for a webinar to explore new opportunities in workforce based on the updated Water & Wastewater Competency Model.

DATE:              June 14, 2016

TIME:               12:00-1:30PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      http://coffey.adobeconnect.com/i2wwcm/

The Water and Wastewater Competency Model provides a clear description of the core competencies required for field staff and operators in the water and wastewater field.  Want to take a look before the webinar?  Click this link Water and Wastewater Competency Model.  You can also go to the Competency Model Clearinghouse, sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to learn more about this process.  Here’s a flyer that contains more information about both the Model and the webinar Water and Wastewater Competency Rollout Webinar Final.

There are a limited number of connections for this web event, so arrive early, please!

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship

AWWA has launched a new One AWWA Operator Scholarship effort as a means to address the present and future workforce needs of operators.  The fund will be used to provide matching dollars to AWWA’s Sections in order to award operator-focused scholarships for both education and training needs.  As part of the larger AWWA Water Equation Campaign, participating AWWA Sections will receive matching funds of $500 or $1,000 to create operator scholarships of $1,000 or $2,000. Each Section will establish their own application and judging process based on Association defined eligibility criteria and award guidelines.

For more information on this new scholarship, please contact either your state’s AWWA Section or Sharon Powers at AWWA in Denver via email at spowers@awwa.org.