"It was apparent treatment facilities are specifically looking to hire
Bay College Water Technology students."
"I wanted to acknowledge Mr. Cory Larson, the Water Technology Instructors, and the Bay College Water Technology program. After retiring from the United States Army in 2010, I attended Bay College and graduated in May 2013 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Water Resource Management. Upon graduating, I completed the State of Michigan F-4 certification for water treatment operator and shortly after was employed with the City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin Water Utility as a water treatment operator.
The education and hands-on experience I acquired in the Bay College Water Program enabled me to be a more marketable asset in the water treatment field. During my job search and while going through the interview process, it was apparent treatment facilities are specifically looking to hire Bay Colllege Water Technology students. A reflection of this program is evident when five of the seven operators I currently work with are from the Bay College Water Program. The fact I had two treatment facilities bidding to hire me at the same time is also a reflection of this program and with the increasing availability of vacancies now and in the future, this will only increase the demand.
I would also like to note it is not only the program itself or Bay College that sets water technology students up for successes. It is the dedication, knowledge, hard work, and selfless service that are provided by Mr. Cory Larson, Mr. Larry Sundling, Mr. Don French, and Mr. Tim Martineau, which truly lead this program and students to graduate with success. I had the privilege of watching these instructors go out of their way every day to help students. Their long hours of instructing, guidance, study sessions, exam preparation, Co-op visits, and help with finding jobs went above and beyond the call of duty and did not go unnoticed, especially by me."
~ Daniel Marsicek, 2013
"Completing the Water Technology Program
at Bay has changed my life."
"The jouney I took to receive this degree was long and hard but totally worth it in the end. I first attended Bay in the year 2008. After spending two years in the Water Resource Program, I quit. I didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. After a year of working as a janitor and hearing about how my fellow classmates were getting awesome jobs in the Water/Wastewater field, I know I had to return to Bay and finish up my degree. It took me another two years to finally achieve my goal.
Two days after I graduated, I got a job in Lower Michigan in the city of Milan. I couldn't be happier. I am making great money, with benefits, and opportunities to continue my education. Completing the Water Program at Bay has changed my life. I would do it all over again if I had to. The opportunities in this field are endless. I could go anywhere. I have fun at my job and I learn something new every day. I would strongly suggest this program to anyone who wants to have a great job and is wiling to put in the the hard work. I can't thank Bay enough for giving me an education and for helping me do something awesome with my life."
~ Gabe Miller, 2013
"For me, finding success at Bay has been accomplished."
"Before becoming a Bay college student I was unemployed. After twenty-two years in one industry I was laid-off due to advancements in technology and the corporate trend towards higher productivity and increased profits. With only a high school education, I found myself to be locked out of the higher paying jobs that I was accustomed to. So, in January of 2005, I enrolled in Bay de Noc Community College’s highly recognized Water Tech program. I faced some educational challenges, but what were my choices? I had to develop better writing and more advanced math skills. Learn new concepts of water and wastewater treatment and chemistry.
At Bay’s campus I received a tremendous amount of support for my new undertaking. To help achieve high marks in my math and English classes the Trio tutoring center was always there willing to assist. Being out of work can be financially challenging as well, but the Financial Aid department at Bay helped sustain me by securing Federal aid, scholarships, and a work/study job. Without the dollars, an education would have seemed impossible. Near the completion of my studies I performed my water and wastewater treatment professional field experience (co-op) here in Escanaba. The co-op allowed me to gain insightful applications to what I have been studying the last two and a half years. With the instructional help of plant operators I was able to gain confidence and achieve a quality understanding of day-to-day operations of water and wastewater treatment.
I look forward to receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resource Management this May of 2008. Prospects look good for a new and satisfying career for years to come in a field with many applications and demands. For me, finding success at Bay has been accomplished."
~ Joseph Kelly, 2008