Cheyenne River Training Operators

Nov 15th, 1995 | By | Category: 7-3: Investing, Tribal College News

The Cheyenne River Community College is affiliating with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to train tribal water and wastewater operators in the Missouri River Basin. As other communities, tribal communities need qualified people to operate their water and wastewater facilities. In the past, however, only the state offered certification workshops.

Through an inter-tribal water organization–Mni Sose Water Coalition–the Cheyenne River College will provide training. The coalition includes 22 tribes in the Northern Plains. The college conducted a survey of the members which indicated that tribal staffs wanted training in operating plants and in environmental laws, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Speakers from federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will help with the classes. By providing the training at the college, the participants’ certificates will have academic standing behind them, according to the project coordinator, Rocky LeCompte. Participants will also be able to use the credits if they decide to pursue degrees in fields such as environmental health or biology.

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