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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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“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
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 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
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
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
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)
average salaries for environmental jobs
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
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
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
What kinds of activities do AEWT students do?

School-wide recycling initiative

unique hands on experiences in the classroom
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
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Unique Hands-On Experiences in the Classroom




science fair
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
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
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)