Record Five Female Graduates Highlight ERTC Commencement

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The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduated 24 students Thursday, July 31, from its one-year Water Quality Control Operations Program.

Included among the graduates were five women, the highest number of females ever enrolled in the program.  “It is good to see more females entering the field of water treatment, which is typically a male dominated profession,” said ERTC Director Paul Shetley. “It is an excellent career for anyone who wants to enter the workforce with good pay and benefits.”

The women graduates are Misty Grady of Mt. Vernon, Miranda Rawlings of Bethalto, Jessica Russell of Fairview Heights, Danielle Schaake of Edwardsville and Devin White of Collinsville.

The training center was conceived and constructed specifically to provide training in water treatment technology to produce certified drinking water and wastewater operators. The ERTC students learn from instructors who have many years of experience in the field and hold professional certifications and licenses.

The training center is one of the most unique facilities in the nation, and may be the only one of its kind.  “We are extremely proud to have this training center at SIUE,” Shetley said. “The center contains classrooms, laboratories, a library/computer center, and a one-of-a-kind 30,000 gallon per day training-scale drinking water and wastewater treatment plant.”

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