OMAHA, NE, 07/10/2020: Leading water and wastewater organization PeopleService Inc today announced the appointment of 40-year industry veteran Dennis White as Ambassador to spearhead recruitment into the industry through working with High Schools and Community Colleges.
It’s one of three new initiatives from the company, which has been providing water and wastewater management and operations services across the Midwest for over three decades, to promote the industry among students as an attractive career choice.
Added to his appointment is the creation of the PeopleService Alan Meyer Memorial Scholarship Program, which awards up to $6,000 to individual students enrolled in Water Environmental Technical programs across a range of community colleges in the Midwest. The scholarship has been named in memory of PeopleService Founder Alan Meyer who passed away earlier this year.
PeopleService has also begun partnering with Rural Water organizations who have U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship programs to enroll new hires into.
“I spent over 40 years in the water and wastewater business and couldn’t have had a more varied and rewarding career,” said Dennis. “Being able to serve the communities where I worked on such a vital resource is something I’m really proud to have achieved. Now my role is to engage the next generation in this career choice. A little education goes a long way and I’m great at spreading the word and so far it’s working,” he added. PeopleService awarded the first Scholarship in June to Des Moines Area Community College student Joshua Greufe.
As part of his commitment to the sector, Dennis has also started a campaign to convince the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Selection Committee to produce a first stamp dedicated to the water and wastewater industry marking the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act in 2022. He sent a letter accompanied by a petition with over 300 signatures and the Committee has agreed to review the request.
Since 1988, PeopleService has been contracting with cities, districts, towns and municipalities to provide expertise in the water and wastewater management field. Based in Omaha, Nebraska with six regional offices, the company provides water and wastewater management, operations, and maintenance services across the Midwest. The range of services also includes staffing solutions, EPA/state/local regulatory compliance, rates and billing audits and services, security management, safety, planning and long-term capital improvements.
PeopleService supports the Water Environment Technologies degree program at these community colleges:
- Cloud Technical & Community College, Minnesota
- Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa
- Vermilion Community College, Minnesota
- Kirkwood Community College, Iowa