The Leg Up Program, in partnership with Tarrant County College Northwest Campus is recruiting young adults from the at-risk communities throughout Fort Worth in order to fill sixty scholarship opportunities for Waste Water Operator Certifications. The Leg Up has partnered with Cassata, Boys and Girls Club and Fort Worth ISD in order to recruit for six, eight-week training sessions over the next eighteen months.
In order to prepare students for the academic rigors of the courses, each student will receive free academic boot-camp prior to starting the courses, group facilitated study sessions and one-on-one tutoring as needed. Transportation and meals are provided to each student enrolled in the courses through the Leg Up Program. In addition to receiving Texas Commission on Environmental Equality licenses, participants will also be paired with a Leg Up Mentor, and receive Life Skills and Soft Skills Coaching. Each mentor is coached on how to support and further the practice of the Life Skills and Soft Skills Coaching each student receives.
Upon completion of all training, each individual is guaranteed to receive a fourteen week paid internship with any number of agencies/municipalities throughout DFW who have a growing gap in their workforce that keeps water running to our faucets. After their internship, graduates will be eligible for permanent employment at an average hourly rate of $20 per hour, or approximately $40,000 a year, which truly is a Leg Up! All tuition and licensing expenses are paid for by TCC and the Leg Up Program.
Water and Wastewater Licensed Operators perform a vital role in maintaining the quality of both the human population and the natural environment. This program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge to competently perform in the water/wastewater industry. All courses are approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the environmental licensing agency for the state of Texas. Graduates are eligible to apply and test for the appropriate TCEQ licensing exam providing all other TCEQ requirements are met.