It’s official. The Cuyamaca College’s is open for business and the program formerly known by the clunky title, Water and Wastewater Technology, is brandishing a new name.
Equipped with a state-of-the-art and a newly renovated L Building complete with a water quality analysis laboratory, renovated classrooms and workshops for back flow, cross-connection controls and related hands-on courses, the Center for Water Studies was dedicated during a Jan. 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
“Nobody else west of the Rockies is doing what we’re doing here,” said Don Jones, who has overseen the transformation of Cuyamaca College’s Water and Wastewater Technology program into the Center for Water Studies.
The Center for Water Studies has been years in the making. In 2013, Cuyamaca College hosted a of water industry and community college managers to discuss how to train California's next generation of water industry professionals. What emerged was a strategy focusing on the importance of regional, ongoing partnerships between education and industry.