While the world remains focused on the ongoing pandemic and the challenges of reopening, WELL will highlight how water plays a pivotal role in California’s economic recovery. We believe investments in water infrastructure will help local governments get people back to work at pre-COVID levels and create a pathway for underrepresented individuals to enter the water industry. Additionally, according to the Brookings Institute, thousands of water workers across the country are of retirement age, leading to an imminent employment gap that water utilities must fill.
In the upcoming WELL Webinar, we have brought together a panel of subject-matter experts from different industries. Our three panelists are Channing Hawkins, Board Director at the West Valley Water District, Beverli A. Marshall, General Manager at the Valley Sanitary District, and Chris Hannnan, Executive Secretary at the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. Joining us as our moderator will be Stephan Tucker, General Manager at the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Together, they will highlight workforce development initiatives, job training and apprenticeship programs, and discuss related funding to help assist women, people of color, and other underrepresented individuals seeking employment in good, high-paying jobs in the water sector. Ultimately, skills training in this field supports local economies and the sustainability of utilities in California and beyond.
While it is our priority to make our educational content free and accessible for all, WELL is funded in part by your generous donations. Please consider supporting this WELL Webinar by making a donation as a part of your registration. Our suggested donation amount is $25, but we will gratefully accept anything you are willing and able to give. Every dollar counts, and we appreciate your support!