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The University of Florida’s Office of Professional and Workforce Development (UF OPWD) is pleased to offer a new online Career and Workforce Development Dual Enrollment (CWDDE) program.

Designed for high school students with 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPAs, interested in vocational education in addition to completing their high school requirements, this Career and Workforce Dual Enrollment program provides several options:

Water Treatment Operators

Provide the basic knowledge necessary for students to begin a career in the water treatment field.

Wastewater Treatment Operators

To teach students the fundamental principles involved in wastewater treatment plant operation which can vary from plant to plant.

Foodservice Managers

(Coming Soon) To equip students with skills to manage foodservice operations and ensure food safety. They will be responsible for implementation of menus, foodservice purchasing, and food preparation. Foodservice Managers are expected to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, manage work teams, and much more.

DUAL ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR


Niki Brightstone

> Email: niki@treeo.ufl.edu

> Phone: 352.294.3887

We work with high school students, parents, and high school counselors to ensure success in our CWDE courses. In offering high quality work-skills programs, an exceptional customer experience, and course monitoring we ensure students are successful and prepared for careers in industries which are in great demand.

WHY THIS FIELD/INDUSTRY


Great Opportunities for Growth

Individuals can advance from basic Level C Operators to intermediate Level B and on to leadership positions with more advanced Level A licenses with corresponding pay increases at each level.

A Growing Industry

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire, the Water/Wastewater industry will need to fill these vacancies with trained, licensed operators. Job prospects for this industry are excellent in the coming decade with a projected growth of 8% through 2022 (epa.gov).

Long Lasting Career

In a stable industry which could provide individuals competitive employment benefits such as: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans, work-life balance, paid personal leave, job security.

Environmental Impact

Individuals who want to make an impact on the health and the environment of their community will have gratifying careers in rewarding industries.

Meaningful Global Contribution

Meaningful contribution in solving global issues: unsafe drinking water, climate change, and environmental sustainability.

Satisfying Career in a Complex and Evolving Foodservice Industry

An ever-evolving career in a global climate where diversity of cuisines, clientele and job markets make this an exciting career with growth opportunities both locally and globally. The projected growth in this industry is 11% by 2028 (collegegrad.com).

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