About the Water Workforce Coalition
The Water Workforce Coalition is a group of community organizations committed to advancing the next generation of water and wastewater utility professionals. The coalition is creating awareness of career opportunities, centered around offering a fast, affordable, and hands-on education.
Northwest Ohio faces anticipated water sector workforce shortages as 41% of drinking water and 44% waste water operators prepare to retire by 2028.
We collectively plan to develop and strengthen the region’s water treatment utility workforce through:
- Increasing awareness of and enthusiasm for drinking water and waste water career paths
- Creating more learning opportunities, curriculum, and instructors (faculty and current experienced employees) for those entering the drinking water utility workforce
- Building a pipeline to connect workers to employers for water sector careers.
- Being a comprehensive resource for information on water sector careers and strengthen collaborative efforts to meet changing needs.