Louisiana Engineers Study SIUE’s ERTC as Potential Model
A delegation from Louisiana visited the SIUE Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) recently in hopes of duplicating the unique Center’s successes in Baton Rouge.
“It’s hard to find places that train people in this field, which is surprising as everybody needs waste water and water treatment,” said David R. Gullory, public works director for the Department of Public Works for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
Paul Shetley, ERTC director, led the tour and explained the purposes and functions of the Center to the Louisiana contingent.
The Center does two things, according to Shetley. The first is to offer a one-year program for students, who work eight hours a day, four days per week and learn everything about drinking water, treatment and waste water operations. Secondly, the ERTC trains those people who are already in the field and provides them with continuing education to keep abreast of new technology.
The ERTC building was constructed in 1978 and will graduate its 32nd class in July 2014. The training center is equipped to enroll 25-30 students a year.
“I’m really interested in the hands on aspect of it, and how much the students learn” said Joshua R. Crowe, program manager at CH2M Hill in Baton Rouge. “I also like how ERTC has worked with the community and formed partnerships. It’s really progressive. I don’t know of any other place like this. Hopefully, we’ll have a center like this one day.”