The last week of September saw the last class of this year in Gary, Indiana at the Gary Sanitary District. If you have been following my blog for awhile now you know that Gary is a favorite spot. There is always something different happening in Gary, and the employees are a testament to dedication and hard work for the public at large.
For Operations this Fall I was asked to break up the classes into four-4 hour sessions instead of two-8 hour days and I think it worked well. Between sessions the attendees were given homework to turn-in so they were continually studying even between sessions. The home work consisted of multiple choice and math quizzes. I am hoping it was as well received as I think it was. Sometimes it is easier to retain the information if it isn’t a “cram” session. Some of the attendees weren’t taking the test and only needed contact hours and were able to receive from 8 to 14 Technical contact hours from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management depending on how many sessions they attended.
Since I was already in Gary, the District decided to have their Collection System Operators sit in for four-4 hour sessions for the Indiana Water Environmental Association Collection System Exam this fall. The attendees were provided with new study material geared specifically for passing the exam. I was so pleased with this group. This time the math finally clicked for them and they truly understood how to use the conversion chart and how to work the formulas. I was so pleased to see them “get it” and I hope they continue to work on their math at least until the exam.