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EHS Students Take On Waco Wetlands Project

ehs moleculeFresh water is one of our most vital resources, and local and federal governments make large investments each year to keep our water supplies clean and safe. However, it’s clear the demand for funding and a technically trained workforce are on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job opportunities for environmental science and protection technicians is projected to increase 19 percent— faster than average— through 2022.

To help meet these growing needs, Texas State Technical College’s Environmental Health & Safety Technology program equips students with hands-on training from industry experts who can help them get high-tech, high-paying jobs. ehs lab

This fall, the Environmental Sampling and Field Analysis class will gather water samples from the Waco Wetlands area and deliver them to the Environmental Chemistry class for water quality analysis. The Waco Wetlands project began in 2001 to provide a habitat for native animals and plants in the central Texas region, particularly when Lake Waco’s water levels are low. 

TSTC has a close working relationship with Waco Wetlands Coordinator Nora Schell, who has hosted previous TSTC classes on tours of the Wetlands, Waco Wastewater Treatment Plant and Waco Potable Water Treatment Plant.

The Waco Wetlands project structure will teach Environmental Sampling and Field Analysis students how to write an environmental plan for sampling water and soil, collect and ensure preservation of samples, label samples, complete a chain of custody and transport samples to a laboratory for analyses. The Environmental Chemistry class will then develop testing procedures, perform analysis and document results.

“We’re so pleased to work with the Waco Wetlands,” said Environmental Health & Safety Technology instructor Lester Bowers. “This is a great example of a collaborative project across multiple technologies simulating a real-world job experience. It gives our students hands-on training and allows them to provide a service to the Wetlands and local residents."

Bowers said this project will allow each student to put to use the materials presented in class and perform a sampling event equivalent to private industry protocols and practices.

“Environmental health and safety is a growing, rewarding field,” said Bowers. “It’s very gratifying to see our students get great jobs in careers where they can do really well for themselves and at the same time, make a difference in people’s lives.”

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