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Water Quality Technology is a satisfying career where you can help provide safe water to consumers, prevent disease, help protect the environment and maintain recreational waters for fishing and  . . . well, much more!

Many job openings in this field are also projected over the next several years as graduates replace positions of retirees and facilities continue to expand.

If this sounds like an interesting career field, but maybe you’re feeling a bit daunted and busy with life already, listen to the story of Wayne Gilbertson. He can relate!

I needed a career change …

My name is Wayne Gilbertson, and I live in Sheboygan with my wife Paula, and two children. I am originally from the U.P. and enjoy vacationing every spring in Myrtle Beach, SC, with my family.

After working 25 years in retail, I had decided that I needed a career change. I knew that I wanted a career where every day would be different and I would be able to make decisions. I also wanted a career that can positively impact the environment and is beneficial to people.

I’m on track to graduate in fall of 2018. In balancing work, family and school, I take two courses a semester, which is a comfortable workload for me. Moraine Park has been a great experience for me.

Years ago, I passed on going to college after high school and went into the workforce full time. I was very apprehensive about going to college after so many years away from school, but Moraine Park instructors have made it an easy transition and are always there to assist you and make sure you are successful. Also, with Water Quality Technology being an online course, I am able to devote time to my studies when it is convenient for me to do so and don’t have to follow a classroom schedule.

I would encourage anyone who has an interest in Water Quality Technology to call your local wastewater treatment plant or water utility and request a tour.

Discover More …

Want to learn more, visit morainepark.edu/programs for details!

Better yet, mark your calendars, because we have a great in-person opportunity coming up to learn more about our program!

Discover Moraine Park will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the West Bend campus, Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the
Fond du Lac campus and Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Beaver Dam campus.  Stop in anytime between 4 to 6 p.m.

Representatives will be on hand to explain program details, completion of admissions requirements, financial aid, scholarships, and more. Program instructors and staff also will be available to answer your questions. Attendees will receive a $30 application fee waiver, valid towards an associate of applied science degree and/or technical diploma (30+ credits). Photo ID is required.

For more information about the event or to register, visit morainepark.edu/discover. Registration for the event is not necessary but is appreciated.

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Written by Mark Schmidt
Mark Schmidt is the Water Quality Technology Instructor at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI. Mark has 40 years of experience in water and wastewater facility and systems operations, maintenance and management. Prior to teaching, his specialty was surface water treatment plant optimization. He now enjoys teaching the next generation of water quality professionals, and those in the field desiring knowledge and advancement opportunities. Feel free to contact Mark about the program at mschmidt15@morainepark.edu, or check out the program at https://www.morainepark.edu/programs-and-courses/programs-of-study/?ProgramTitle=Water+Quality+Technology.