The Rural Utilities Business Management Occupational Endorsement Program (OEP) is the result of collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs with financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Alaska Office. The OEP incorporates courses in rural water and wastewater utility management, developed and taught by the State of Alaska Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) program since 1990.
REGIONAL UTILITY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS
- Co-sponsored by regional non-profit associations and the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
- Held throughout Alaska
- Training provided to staff from small Alaskan communities with up to 1,500 residents
- Participants include utility managers, utility clerks, operators, mayors, tribal council presidents, and other governing body members.
- Workshops include a series of eight 32 hour sessions leading to a certificate in utility management:
|Introduction to Utility Management
|Personnel Policies and Procedures
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Managers and utility clerks gain new skills to help manage and operate community water and sanitation facilities. Skills acquired during training can be transferred to management and operation of other community facilities.
Proper management and operation helps sustain essential community facilities and services to benefit residents.
The community receives points on their Village Safe Water or SDS application.
Operators earn 3 core CEUs for operator certification.
Participants can earn 2 college credits with the University of Alaska.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Employees of rural water and wastewater utilities
Individuals who have completed some or all of the courses taught by the State RUBA Program are eligible for credit for their prior learning.
Individuals in rural Alaska who would like to prepare themselves for a new career.
HOW TO APPLY
Click here to obtain information about application requirements, a schedule of course offerings, application fees, and financial assistance, or contact:
Elizabeth Manfred, RUBA Program Manager
Phone: 907-269-4556 | Fax: 907-269-4563