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Teaching to National Industry 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 Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), a national organization that provides testing for professional certification in Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution, and Wastewater Collection and Treatment. ABC has identified 592 Need-To-Know criteria in 25 categories that operators in these fields need to be proficient in and are tested on for state certification.

Grants from the National Science Foundation and TAA-Department of Labor funded a proj­ect to compare the learning objectives for every WQM class against the 592 Need-To-Know criteria. The grants also funded curricula development for missing criteria, ensuring that all Need-To-Know criteria are present in the overall WQM program and students learn the most current industry standards.

All of our credentialed instructors have industry experience and the program offers a traditional face-to-face classroom experience, as well as hybrid and online course offerings. Grants from the National Science Foundation and the TAA-Department of Labor funded the development, redesign and adaption of many WQM courses for online and distance learning. Check the semester schedule for online course offerings.

See how WQM curricula compares to criteria: