Red Rocks Community College
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Red Rocks Community College
News Release
More information: Kim Rein




RRCC Announces Opening of Environmental Training Center Addition
New facilities to provide a higher quality of water distribution education


LAKEWOOD, CO – In a proactive response to recent unfortunate events in the water industry, Red Rocks Community College and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have developed a distribution training center to provide quality education and skilled technicians in water distribution. After two and a half years of planning and construction, RRCC will hold a grand opening and tour of its new water distribution systems training center on Monday, January 30 at 11:30 a.m. The outdoor dedication will include recognition for those who supported the training center project through donations and those who were directly involved in its creation and implementation.

The training center was made possible by generous funding from the CDPHE. The center is the only one of its kind in Colorado and one of just 12 training centers in the country where education in environmental technology is offered. More thorough schooling with plenty of hands-on experience for RRCC water and wastewater management students is now possible.

"This new facility directly addresses the industry's need for well-educated distribution systems professionals,” said Mike Smith, department chair of the water quality management program. “This outdoor lab has five different elements to better train students in safe operations. It will be most used by our Water Distribution Systems course and the W2AVE – Combined I-IV Distribution and Collection System short course. Our students will have an unmatched educational experience within the industry."

The facility includes a fully pressurized, above-ground piping array and a specially constructed above-ground vault with interior piping and a fully functional leak detection field. Water quality management students will be able to have as many as 15 contact hours with the outdoor lab, gaining a greater understanding of distribution systems through first-person learning.

More about Red Rocks Community College:
Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 15,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

More about the water quality management program:
The WQM program is part of the Environmental Training Center at Red Rocks Community College and provides comprehensive instruction in all levels and operations of the water and wastewater industries. The ETC, as part of the Department of Environmental Technology, offers courses leading to associate of applied science degrees as well as further education for currently working WQM professionals.

More about the W2AVE program: The Wastewater and Water Applied Vocational Education program is a one-week program which makes the WQM coursework available in a short yet incredibly comprehensive refresher or update for those already in the field needing training units. WAVE can also be completed as a fast-track introduction for those seeking a stable, rewarding career who are unable to attend the full WQM program.

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RRCC student, Danielle Chavez, works on water pipe at the CDPHE.