For the Love of Sewers

Scholarship opportunities help foster an appreciation for careers in underground infrastructure.

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If you are anything like me, you probably have friends, family and neighbors who just can’t understand your love of sewers. When I am introduced as the executive director of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, there is usually an accompanying snicker or, at a minimum, a silent yet quizzical look of disbelief — “Did he just say ‘sewer?’”

Since you’re reading my column, you probably share my passion for understanding the complexities of our underground infrastructure, the impact of failure, the importance of a well-maintained system, and the impressive symphony of current and emerging technologies available to assess, maintain and rehabilitate sewer systems to benefit our communities.

As industry leaders, I believe it is our obligation to introduce more people to the many benefits of a career in underground infrastructure. Education is key to NASSCO’s mission to set industry standards and to ensure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies. To accomplish this, we work hard to attract new professionals and expand the knowledge of those already in the trenchless industry through our scholarship programs, and we need your help to identify young, new professionals.

January 31, 2017, is the deadline to apply for NASSCO’s Jeffrey D. Ralston Memorial Scholarship, which is open to applicants currently enrolled in college who are interested in a career in the sewer service industry. The scholarship is named after a former NASSCO board member, Jeffrey D. Ralston, who passed unexpectedly in 2002 at the age of 34. Jeffrey was a young professional who had a passion for the sewer industry. Our hope is to continue his memory through this scholarship fund, which is available to applicants either related to, or a dependent of, an active NASSCO member.

The David Magill Memorial Scholarship is named after the founder of Avanti International, who was also a dedicated and longtime NASSCO member. Mr. Magill attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and the scholarship, which is awarded by Virginia Tech’s Graduate Student Program, will support Virginia Tech students who plan to enter the industry.

We also realize continuing education is critical for professionals who have already made the leap into our industry, so we offer the Pipeline Assessment Certification Program Scholarship for those who want to know more. This scholarship is open to industry professionals who are sponsored by NASSCO members. Applicants are evaluated on qualities of ethics, leadership and past work experience in the sewer service industry, as well as the potential for his or her contribution to further NASSCO’s mission. Individuals awarded the PACP Scholarship receive a free two-day PACP training course. To encourage more young people to enter the industry, NASSCO also offers the PACP scholarship to participants in the Baltimore Water Mentoring Program in partnership with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association.

Who do you know who could benefit from financial support through one of our traditional memorial scholarships, or would like continuing education available from our PACP certification scholarship? Our goal is to attract the best and brightest new talents, and we need your help to share this opportunity. Please visit www.nassco.org to learn more and to apply.


Get the EDge - Training and Continuing Education CoursesPACP TRAINING

December 6 Allentown, Pennsylvania
One-Day PACP User Recertification
PA DEP Credits Available
Contact Mike Kerr for more information or to register: 412/605-9000 or email mikerr54@hotmail.com

December 7-9 Marriottsville, Maryland (NASSCO Training Center)
Includes Manholes and Laterals!
Trainer: Rizwan Siddiqi, P.E.
Contact Rizwan Siddiqi, P.E., for more information or to register: 443/739-9234 or email rasiddiqi@gmail.com

December 13 Marriottsville, Maryland
PACP User Recertification
Trainer: Ted DeBoda
Contact Dawn Jaworski for more information or to register: 410/442-7473 or email dawn@nassco.org

December 13-15 Conyers, Georgia
Includes Manhole and Laterals!
Recertifications Welcome
Contact John Jones for more information or to register: 404/431-5584 or email plumblineconsultant@gmail.com

December 13-15 Wharton, New Jersey
Includes Manholes and Laterals!
Recertifications Welcome
Trainer: Brandon Conley
Contact Ashley Groves for more information or to register: 248/349-0904 or email pacp@dohenycompanies.com

December 13-15 Stockton, California
Includes Manholes and Laterals!
A limited number of Qualified PACP Recertification seats available.
Contact Marilyn Shepard for more information or to register: 916/899-8961 or email mshepard1@hotmail.com

January 10-12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Includes Manholes and Laterals!
A limited number of Qualified PACP Recertification seats available.
Contact Marilyn Shepard for more information or to register: 916/899-8961 or email mshepard1@hotmail.com

ITCP TRAINING (CIPP and Manhole)

February 2-3 Forth Worth, Texas (UCT Conference)
Cured-In-Place Pipe
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Day 1 • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Day 2
Trainer: Gerry Muenchmeyer
Contact Gerry Muenchmeyer for more information: 252/626-9930 or email gerry@muenchmeyerassoc.com

February 2-3 Fort Worth, Texas (UCT Conference)
Manhole Rehabilitation
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Day 1 • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Day 2 Morning
Trainer: Tim Back
Contact Tim Back for more information: 513/253-8461 or email timbacktwo@gmail.com

February 20-21 Indianapolis, Indiana
Cured-In-Place Pipe
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Day 1 • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Day 2
Trainer: Gerry Muenchmeyer
Contact Gerry Muenchmeyer for more information: 252/626-9930 or email gerry@muenchmeyerassoc.com



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