MOST To Provide Water Curriculum For California Community Colleges

MOST: California’s Water Standard

How do we determine what gets presented in the water programs in California Community Colleges?  It has always been left up to the individual instructors to answer this question.  And almost every such instructor has only part-time, temporary status.  In fact, although there are about 40,000 certified Operators in the state, you can count on one hand the number of full-time instructors dedicated to water curriculum for California Community Colleges.

There must be some central repository of technical information that these instructors can access, right?  Nope.  Never has been.  However, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has received a research grant to develop such a repository.  This is funded by the International Development Research Centre, which is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The GCCCD is partnering with a few other community colleges in this grant, including our hometown community college, College of the Canyons.  We have been a water instructor — yes, part-time — at COC since 1989.  That must make us one of the longest tenured adjunct professors in the entire state, regardless of the subject!

Our role in the grant is to provide the basic curriculum for the following six courses:  Introduction to Water Technology, Water Quality, Beginning and Advanced Water Distribution, Beginning and Advanced Water Treatment.

In short, MOST will provide the standard water curriculum for all the basic courses for all the California Community Colleges.  That’s right.  The same MOST courses that you can access here at will be the standard for water curriculum throughout the State of California.

We are very proud and very gratified to be a part of this grant effort.  And we are very thankful to all of you, our colleagues, former students, other supporters and especially our Subscribers here at MOST.  We hope that you view this as justification for your support of MOST, the provider of the standard water curriculum for California Community Colleges.


3 Responses to MOST To Provide Water Curriculum For California Community Colleges

  1. avatar Tom Perkins says:

    Congratulations Steve and MOST!!! This is a tremendous achievement and couldn’t/shouldn’t have been granted to anyone else but you. There is no one better qualified to provide this standard curriculum. Keep up the excellent work you do!

    • avatar MOST says:

      Thanks, Tom! And Tom is one of those folks we really owe much, because of his constant support. And Tom should know about our curriculum: he’s probably seen everything we’ve ever developed!

  2. avatar Abhi says:

    I am doing all online clseass at IVY TECH in indiana. As far as quality education i would probably say its not the greatest. But if you do your homework on time and really try, you should be able to pass the clseass. Its a little harder not having the hands on attention like with campus clseass but i LOVE the conveinence. I was able to work full time with overtime and do 4 clseass online last semester. It was hard, but you could plan out your whole week and not have to worry about going to clseass. You got your syllabus ahead of time so you knew what to expect as far as assignments. Some clseass you could even get ahead in. So with all that i Highly recommend it!!! I have never had anything come back plagarized. And ivy tech is super cheap as far as colleges go. Its somewhere in the range of 300-400 a class now. Thats for 3 credit hours.Quality wise it may not be the best but i forget 70% after a couple years anyways so. But that may be something you may want to consider. The one thing i would suggest is looking for used books online. I thought Ivy Tech books were high and had a hard time getting the ISBN numbers from the school, so i would email the professor to get it to look somewhere else for it. It can save a lot of money.Good luck!Also, ivy tech is accredited but i know some of there clseass won’t transfer to some schools so you would want to look into that. Also sometimes the teacher requires you to take a proctored exam. Usually at the most twice a semester you would go to the school to take the test. I only had 1 of the 4 last semester require that. Was this answer helpful?

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