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1 Work for Water Workshop for Human Resources and Utility Managers Karen Ebert, Board Member Hampton Roads Public Works Academy

2 Mission Statement Promoting cooperative public works and utilities workforce development for Hampton Roads high school students and professionals.

3 HRPWA Non-profit organization Governed by a board from member cities BENEFITS –  Train current employees  Recruit future employees  Obtain lowest cost for training employees  Regional cooperative effort and networking

4 Synergistic Effect: Members, Students and Educators

5 Board Member Obligations b Pay Annual membership dues (based on number of employees, from $500-$2000) b Attend monthly meetings b Provide SME’s to teach classes b Hire summer interns b Allow use of facilities and instructors for training

6 Cities:Associations:Schools: ChesapeakeAPWANew Horizons FranklinHRSDPruden Center Hampton James City County Newport NewsColleges: NorfolkPaul D. Camp Community PortsmouthThomas Nelson Community SouthamptonTidewater Community Suffolk Virginia Beach Williamsburg Current Members and Associated Organizations

7 Joint venture between members and Pruden Center - Established in 2000 New Horizons - Established in 2009 Established 1999 Cadet Program

8 Class Topics Airport MaintenanceJob Safety Automotive Services Landscaping/Grounds Maintenance CDL LicenseMath Review Cemetery Maintenance Public Health Computer Uses in Public Works Solid Waste CPR/First AidStorm Water Management Custodial Services Street Operations Customer Relations Structures and Buildings Emergency Operations Tools of the Trade Employability Skills Traffic Engineering Engineering, Surveying, DraftingUtility Locator Environmental Quality Vector Control Facilities and Buildings Waste Collection and Management Flagger CertificationWastewater Treatment Golf Course MaintenanceWater Distribution Heavy Equipment OperationWater Treatment Inspections

9 Mutual Benefit Students: Build an alternative career path and intern in the field HRPWA: Public Works can hire pre-trained And motivated employees

10 Program Specifics  32 different courses and field trips  Taught by SMEs – Subject Matter Experts from member organizations  Classes – typically 2 per month  Class size – students  Program Length – 2 years  Summer intern placement

11 Complete application Provide copy of transcript Receive recommendation from teacher Attend interview Have a minimum 1.8 GPA to apply Maintain 2.0 GPA or above Student Requirements

12 HRPWA Cadet Quote “Attending the Public Works Academy has been one of the most rewarding choices in my life for many reasons. One is because in these tough economic times stable employment is very hard to find and by attending the Public Works Academy I have obtained such employment. Another is because I have been exposed to the various jobs that the Public Works Department offers to an individual.” Joshua Spratley, HRPWA Graduate

13 Workforce Development Planning During monthly board meetings: Brainstorm training topics and select Determine course curriculum Agree on date and member location Discuss trainer requirements and suggest names Establish fees if incurred Use new web system to register and track

14 Workforce Development 2011 Training Courses Offered: Chemical Spill Response Essentials of Hydraulics Upgrading Sanitary Sewer MP Pumping Sys. and Lift Stations Front End Loader Backhoe – 2 classes Excavator – 2 classes Construction Math Total HRPWA Member Savings - $77,042(est.)

15 Lee Ann Azar Executive Director P.0. Box Norfolk, VA Phone: Fax: Contact Information

16 Questions?


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