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Public Works Academy opens in Broward County

People who want to work in public works careers may want to consider attending the Public Works Academy.

This new program is the result of a partnership between Atlantic Technical College and the American Public Works Association, South Florida Branch. The objectives of the partnership include raising awareness of various careers available in public works, the training of students for entry-level employment jobs and the continuing education for career public works professionals in the future. The Academy will provide career path information to students and it will encourage the recruitment and training of students for entry level jobs in the public works field. Also, the Academy will provide guidance to achieve important certifications to improve employability with the goal to build a qualified workforce. The partnership seeks to develop a Public Works Academy in Broward County that will prepare students for entry-level positions after graduation, according to Ivian Figueroa, spokesperson for the Broward County School District in statement on August 7.

Some of the things that students will learn about in the Public Works Academy include: orientation and safety; tools and equipment used in public works; water treatment and distribution; wastewater treatment and collections; storm water systems; equipment operations and maintenance; technical design and drafting; solid waste disposal; parks buildings and grounds; operating a computer and using software; utility locations; traffic operations; the gas industry and the importance of professional ethics and legal responsibilities. The students will prepare for the OSHA ten hour-certification and CPR/Basic Life Support, according to Figueroa.

“The program is a combination of classroom instruction at the Atlantic Technical College campus in Coconut Creek and job shadowing with Broward County Public Works employees,” said Figueroa.

“This will be a good opportunity. I may attend this program. I would love to advance in my job and I am involved in public works,” said Bruce Hadley.

“I am glad this is being offered. I think it will create better opportunities for people who work in public works jobs,” said Steven Hallman.

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