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Women in Water: Exploring Career Pathways


  • January 18
  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, Bldg 1
El Cajon, CA 92019 United States
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  • Member price: $25
  • Non-member price: $25

The Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca College is hosting a “Women in Water: Exploring Career Pathways” symposium on January 18, 2018, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. During this inaugural event, women inside and outside of the water industry can learn how to train for jobs and build a successful career within the water industry. Successful female water industry professionals will share their insights, training advice and recommendations with high school and college students, career changers and veteran women professionals who are exploring industry opportunities.

“Times are changing and more women are finding great jobs and career pathways into the technical and managerial positions that have historically been predominantly held by men. Of the 24 water agencies that are members of the San Diego County Water Authority, one third of their chief executives are women,” according to Don Jones, the Grant Manager for the National Science Foundation grant which is underwriting a major part of the cost of the event.  “The growing need for well-trained technical and mid-skilled workers creates the potential for good paying jobs with excellent benefits for women of all ages” said Jones.

The “Women In Water: Exploring Career Pathways” symposium will feature two tracks – one exploring opportunities for starting or transitioning to a career in water or wastewater, while the second focuses on information and strategies for women already working in the water industry looking for upward mobility. Speakers and panelists for the symposium’s sessions include women who have built successful careers in the region’s water and wastewater agencies. Presenters will share stories, insights and recommendations for getting started and moving up in the water industry.

The Keynote Speaker for this event will be Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development for the California Community Colleges. Ms.Ton-Quinlivan is the force behind new legislation and over $200 million in new funding for career technical education throughout California, and was recognized by the Obama administration as a “White House Champion of Change”.

The full-day event begins at 8:00am with a continental breakfast and coffee and concludes at 4:30pm. Lunch, refreshments and free parking are provided. Additional details will be provided upon registration.

Online registration is now open at CWS.CAREERS. There is a $25 registration fee to cover food costs, but registration is free for currently enrolled high school and community college students.

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