Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) is excited to announce a new employment advancement program for TANF participants in Virginia. Through a grant by the Virginia Department of Social Services, SERCAP is offering job training and job placement services for eligible TANF participants in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia areas who are interested in a career as public water or wastewater system operators. The program offers coursework and field training experiences necessary for individuals to complete the requirements for Virginia state licensure as water or wastewater system operators.
There are two possible training tracks:
The Virginia Western Community College Water and Wastewater Technology Career Studies Certificate program-one year in classroom program; prepares students to sit for the state certification exam.
The Mountain Empire Community College Water and Wastewater Plant Operator Career Studies Certificate program-online, self-paced program; prepares students to sit for the state certification exam.
Participants enrolled in the community college courses will receive federal student aid and additional financial aid through SERCAP. Participants will complete the coursework and will be placed as a trainee in a local water treatment or wastewater treatment plant where their coursework will be applied to real world job experience. In the field placement, the participant will receive direct supervision and hands-on experience. A small stipend will be provided.
The field placement portion of the program takes a minimum of six months to complete and is required by licensure regulations before the trainee can sit for the state exam. Participants will be provided with course materials and safety gear. Participants must be 18 years old.
For more information, contact Russ Rice at 540-345-1184 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org