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To help protect the environment, public health and quality of life in Maine by coordinating affordable, high quality training that meets the needs of water pollution control personnel and other environmental professionals throughout the state.
The Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee was established in 1985 to coordinate training that meets the needs of Maine’s environmental professionals. We utilize the best instructional and technical support available to provide this training, which focuses primarily on water pollution control and water quality protection.
Twice each year we publish a schedule of continuing education and certification training courses. To develop these courses, we rely on carefully selected focus groups to provide direction and insight on topics and content. Our instructors are experts in their field such as professional trainers and water pollution control professionals, representatives from equipment and supply manufacturers, staff from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other regulatory agencies, municipal leaders and officials, and employees of engineering and consulting firms.
Most of our programs are approved by Maine DEP for training credits towards its Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification Program. Many programs are approved by the Maine Board of Licensure of Water System Operators for Drinking Water Operator training. Increasingly, our contract programs and projects also meet the educational needs and qualifications of many professional certifications.
From its roots in wastewater training, JETCC has built a strong system of partnerships to provide educational and networking opportunities for many specialized disciplines. We take pride in our strong working relationship with Maine DEP, Maine DHHS and other regulatory agencies. We work closely with the Maine Water Environment Association on water pollution control issues and with other related organizations such as the Maine Water Utilities Association.
Since 1985, JETCC has been managed by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission through a contract with Maine DEP. As a Maine-based program, JETCC receives many benefits from affiliation with this nationally recognized partner.
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, a not-for- profit Interstate agency established by an Act of Congress serves its member states individually and collectively by providing coordination, public education, research, training, and leadership in water management and protection in the New England region and New York State.
In January 2006, the Maine DEP transferred all of the administrative duties for Maine's Wastewater Operator Certification program to NEIWPCC, administered through the JETCC office. These duties include coordinating certificate renewal, record keeping, and applications for Maine's Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator exams.
The JETCC Board of Directors is appointed by the Maine DEP Commissioner. JETCC is based out of a NEIWPCC office located in South Portland with 2 staff people:
Training Coordinator: Leeann Hanson
Administrative Assistant: Spring Connolly