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Heritage High School’s. Academy of Environmental Water Technology (AEWT). Somer Y. Sutton, Director and AEWT Lead Teacher. “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Heritage High School’s

Academy of Environmental Water Technology (AEWT)

Somer Y. Sutton, Director and AEWT Lead Teacher

  • “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.”

    • from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Importance of Water Technology: Water Availability

  • Earth is a water planet:

    • 71.4% of the earth is covered in water,

    • However, only around 3% of it is fresh (“drinkable”) water

  • 2/3 of that 3% of fresh water is locked up in permanent ice (glaciers, polar ice caps)

  • This leaves only 1% of Earth’s water to quench the needs of 7 billion (+) peoples (!)

Drinking Water Operator

  • Drinking water operators are responsible for providing people with safe, clean (and palatable) water.

  • Drinking water operators are certified by state agencies and are employed local, state and federal entities (Army Corp of Engineers, military and civilian), private businesses, etc.

  • Water operations offer either a lifelong career opportunity or can act as a stepping stone to a large variety of environmental careers.

The Importance of Water Technology: The Workforce Need

  • Consider these conclusions from a recent Water Environment Research Foundation study:

    • It is projected that in the next ten years, 37 percent of water utility workers and 31 percent of wastewater utility workers will retire

    • These are the people who manage and protect our precious supply of fresh water.

AEWT Addresses this Workforce Need

“Preparing the Next Generation of

Environmental & Water Stewards”

  • AEWT focuses on an Environmental Water Technology course of study, leading to a student industry certification

  • Students can graduate high school with a Level C Water Operator Pre-licensure courses

AEWT Course of Study

  • Required Academy Course:

    • Beginning Water Technology (10th grade)

    • Intermediate Water Technology (11th grade)

    • Advanced Water Technology (12th grade)

    • Science Research (any year)

  • Electives:

    • Marine Science/AICE Marine Science

    • AICE Environmental Management

  • Senior year: Level C Water Operator State Test

  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimated that operators of water- and wastewater-treatment plants earned an average salary of $41,580 in 2009. (http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/careers/104723.html)

Career Directions

Average Salaries for Environmental Jobs

  • Senior Environmental Scientist Analyst

  • $84,000

  • Scientist Clinical Lab

  • $55,000

  • Coastal Resources Scientist

  • $71,000

  • Interdiscplinary Scientist G

  • $61,000

  • Environmental Scientist

  • $56,000

  • NEPA Planner

  • $67,000

  • Senior Environmental Scientist

  • $66,000

  • Environmental Engineer Investigation Closure

  • $72,000

  • City Research Scientist

  • $65,000

  • Geologist Environmental Scientist

  • $52,000

  • Physical Scientist G

  • $83,000

  • Soil Scientist

  • $70,000

  • Research Scientist Supervisor

  • $83,000

  • (http://www.indeed.com/salary/Environmental-Scientist.html)

AEWT Features

  • Paid student internship

  • Industry Mentors

  • Industry Guest Speakers

  • Industry Sponsorships

  • Summer employment/research

  • Partnership with Florida Gateway College

  • Employ Florida Water Banner Center affiliation

  • Engaged Advisory Committee

  • 3-4 year sequential CTE program

  • Voluntary open enrollment

  • Integrated academic & technical curriculum

  • Real world, hands-on field experience and research projects

  • Water and/or wastewater Level C pre-licensure courses

  • Postsecondary Dual Enrollment Credit

AEWT Advisory Committee

  • Brevard Public Schools

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • St. Johns River Water Management District

  • Employ Florida Water Banner Center for Water Resources

  • City of Palm Bay Utilities & HR Departments

  • City of Cocoa Utilities Department

  • City of Melbourne Utilities Department

  • Florida Gateway College

  • Florida Institute of Technology: Civil Engineering

  • Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

  • Florida Rural Water Association

  • Florida Section AWWA

  • Ecospatial Analysts, Inc

  • 321 Plumbing, Inc.

What kinds of activities do AEWT students do?

School-wide recycling initiative

Barrier Island Sancturay

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Mote Marine Laboratory

Unique Hands-On Experiences in the Classroom

  • Laptop computer lab in the classroom

  • State-of-the-art laboratory in the classroom

  • Industry-specific equipment

  • Classroom river and aquifer models

  • Soil, air and water quality field kits

  • Solar panel construction

  • Fresh/saltwater mini ecosystems

  • Coming soon:

    • School garden

    • Aquaponic growing systems

    • Mini-river ecosystem working model

Unique Hands-On Experiences in the Classroom




Science Fair

  • Solar-powered, portable, UV disinfection device for water (funded by a $500 J.B. Butler Science Grant)

  • “Geobot” used to identify types of minerals in soil

  • Solar powered model vehicle

  • A profile of native and non-native species in the local watershed

  • Environmentally-friendly pest control in agriculture

  • Using greywater in hydroponics

  • Environmentally-friendly mosquito control

Additional Activities

  • Environmental Sustainability Club

  • EnviroThon competition

  • Energy Whiz competition

  • Beach clean-ups

  • Organic farming

  • Stormwater Sedimentation and Erosion Control Class

What are the benefits of an academy?

  • This promotes a family-like atmosphere and results in close student-teacher ties.

    • A career academy includes the following essential elements:

      • A small learning community

      • A college-prep curriculum with a career theme

      • Partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education

  • By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, and relational.

  • (http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/careeracademies/ca_home.asp)

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