The Education & Professional Development Committee (EPDC)
- Regularly solicits input from Section members on educational and training needs as a basis for developing seminars, workshops and other educational and training programs.
- Oversees, coordinates, and implements educational and training programs in the Section.
- Solicits input and assistance from all Section committees and other agencies in developing program topics and agendas.
- Works with other educational groups and organizations in the State to make use of all available resources for education and training.
- Manages the Section’s Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and Training Contact Hours (TCHs) program. Maintain the Section’s continuing education policy in order to improve the effectiveness of all education and training programs developed by the Section.
- Obtains available funding for Section training programs from NJDEP and other sources.
- Plans and coordinates operators’ workshops and customer service seminars, and encourage manufacturers/vendors to provide technical papers at annual conferences.
- Identifies and/or develops independent study and webcast education programs for the water industry.
- Develops seminars on non-traditional topics such as rate structure, customer service, laboratory issues, etc.
- Considers the use of paid speakers for appropriate topics.
- Interacts with AWWA and other organizations to establish a utility management program targeted at utility personnel who wish to develop management skills (e.g. Cook College, UNC-Chapel Hill, AWWA.org/Leadership Center, AWWA Management Institute).
- Maintains a dialogue with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to establish Training Contact Hours for Committee Chairs and active Committee members.
- Investigates CEU reciprocity for water and PE licensing between NJ, NY and PA.
- Develops strategies and mechanisms to coordinate Training Contact Hours and disseminate data to DEP.
- Investigates ways to cross train regulatory personnel.