Are you a Student or Young Professional?
Have you been looking for a way to get involved in WEF or PNCWA?
Do you want to meet other students and young professionals in your field?
Would you like to help choose the path the PNCWA S&YP group takes in the future?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you should volunteer for the Students and Young Professionals Committee. There are several opportunities for you to gain leadership experience and network with other students and young professionals. The WEF definition of a Young Professional is “A young professional (YP) is any person who considers himself/herself to be relatively new to the water quality industry and is 35 years old or younger,” but all those interested are welcome to join us.
The S&YP committee meets once a month via conference call to outline the objectives for the following weeks. The group provides support to the local section S&YP groups, shares ideas, and helps to provide feedback to the PNCWA board as to the needs of the younger members. Additionally, the group helps to plan the S&YP events at the annual conference and aids in fundraising or community service events.
Our goals for 2013 are:
- Continue building section networking groups (Boise, Portland & Seattle) and a new one in the Spokane region, and set up succession plans for leadership of these groups.
- Visit two universities without a student chapter to introduce PNCWA and determine feasibility of student chapter.
- Support student chapters at UW and WSU.
- Develop social media (Facebook) presence.
- Support Water for People through "Mini" golf event
We want to hear from YOU!
If you are interested in participating in the S&YP Committee, please e-mail or call David or John to obtain the information for our next conference call. If you would like to find out more about what is happening locally, e-mail or call the person listed for your local section.
David Watkins, Committee Chair
208 489 7949
John Beacham, Committee Vice Chair
Veolia Water NA
Boise S&YP Group
Mark A. Cummings
Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.
Lower Columbia S&YP Group
Brown and Caldwell
Puget Sound Section S&YP Group
Spokane-Coeur d’Alene S&YP Group
Alex P. Sylvain
J-U-B Engineers, Inc.
PNCWA is rolling out a new mentorship program for its members....Read more.
2013 WEF/AWWA Young Professionals Summit Posted:
16 Apr 2013 12:12 AM PDT by David Watkins
David Watkins, S&YP Committee Chair and John Beacham, Vice-Chair, recently attended the Water Environment Federation Young Professionals summit in Phoenix. Haley Falconer, a PNCWA member and a member of the national WEF YP Committee joined as well. The event was co-hosted by the American Water Works Association and attracted young professionals from all reaches of the US and Canada. The one day summit focused on the “soft-skills” necessary for YPs to grow successfully in their careers. Both WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger and AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance welcomed the group and participated in activities throughout the day. A major highlight of the Summit was... Read more...