Water Quality Management Factsheets
Who We Are
The Water Quality Management Technology (WQM) program at Red Rocks Community College is one of 12 centers in the country with a comprehensive program that prepares students for employment in water and wastewater operations and other water industries.
Associate of Applied Science in Water Quality Management Technology
Red Rocks Community College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Water Quality Management Technology (WQM) is a two-year full-time program.
Water Quality Management Certificates
WQM certificates represent a series of course combinations that are often used to show water industry employers academic accomplishments.
Need-To-Know Criteria: Teaching to National Standards
The Water Quality Management Technology (WQM) program at Red Rocks Community College is the only educational institution in Colorado to comply with and present all Need-To-Know criteria developed by the Associated Boards of Certification (ABC), a national organization that provides testing for professional certification in Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution, and Wastewater Collection and Treatment.
Distribution Training Lab
Colorado’s most advanced hands-on water distribution training lab is located at the Environmental Training
Center, home to the Water Quality Management Technology (WQM) program at Red Rocks Community College.
WQM Faculty, Adjunct Instructors & Staff
The program instructors and staff are water and wastewater industry professionals who bring direct real-world experience into the classroom and laboratory. The Colorado Community College System credentials all WQM instructors.
The staff of RRCC Internship Services works closely with the WQM career coach and water industry employers
to match students’ skills and classroom training with positions in water and wastewater treatment plants.
Mobile Learning Lab
The mobile learning lab is equipped with the most current water analysis technology. The lab is designed to train students and provide local water analysis anywhere in the state.
Requirements to Gain & Maintain Operator Licensing
Our program operates closely with the state licensing system to prepare students to obtain and/or maintain employment in water quality and wastewater management fields.
What is the Water Management Field?
There are many avenues to apply water quality education; scientific, technical, managerial, regulatory, and administrative to name a few.