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 www.MostWaterTraining.com 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.