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South Carolina Utility BJWSA Receives Workforce Development Award


South Carolina Utility win Workforce Development Award
General Manager Joe Mantua & Deputy General Manager Sarah Linkimer with Workforce Development Award poster

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has honored Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) with a 2022 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) for BJWSA’s Workforce Development Program.


BJWSA Inaugural Internship Program collaborated with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) offices for both Beaufort and Jasper County school districts to identify four candidates for 15-week paid internships. Hiring recent high school graduates met both the needs of the emerging workforce as well as BJWSA, with three of the four being hired. Four more interns are currently in the second-year program, which began in January 2022.


Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) is a public agency created by the South Carolina legislature that provides quality water and wastewater services to current and future customers in the low country of South Carolina. BJWSA is governed by an 11-member board of directors recommended by Beaufort County and Jasper County legislative delegations and appointed by the governor of South Carolina. BJWSA is one of the largest water & wastewater utilities in South Carolina.


The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) represents the interests of publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, and stormwater management agencies before the United States Congress, several Federal agencies, and in the courts. National Association of Clean Water Agencies advocates for federal funding for clean water agencies and for responsible national policies that advance clean water and a healthy environment.

 

JD Solomon Inc provides services at the nexus of facilities, infrastructure, and the environment. Our company is working with BJWSA to develop its new Strategic Plan and other initiatives. President JD Solomon provided an assessment of BJWSA Workforce Development Program five years ago as part of another consulting firm but was not part of the current internship program.