MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Rose State College will train 80 people to work at public wastewater and water treatment facilities thanks to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to City-sentinel.com.

The three-year grant provides $200,000 to train unemployed or underemployed people, including veterans, noted the article.

"Rose State has advanced itself to be the best in the state and region in training people to work in this field,” stated Dr. Jeanie Webb, president of Rose State College, in the article. “We are proud to provide this valuable training and assist people in getting jobs here in Oklahoma.”

Bill Clark, the college’s environmental coordinator, said in the article “that wastewater and water treatment operator positions are among the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. In Oklahoma; these positions pay anywhere between $12 and $24 an hour.”

The grant will help people obtain well-paying jobs and help alleviate the shortage of system operators, stated the article. Trainees will go through four weeks of instruction to receive five certifications.

Rose State receive the same grant in 2013, reported the article. One hundred students will graduate from the program this fall.

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