Jacob’s dad is an environmental scientist and Jacob’s cousin is also working in the water industry. Perhaps the family inclination toward science is a coincidence, but when Jacob stumbled upon the water and wastewater courses, he knew instantly that he wanted to learn as much about the industry as he could.
An 18-month campus security gig at the El Dorado Center earned Jacob the chance to know everybody, students and faculty alike, and his fellow classmates in the water and wastewater program he says are the best. They all share information about job postings and study together outside of class. According to Jacob, even state exam day is fun because seeing classmates there lowers the intimidation factor and helps take the pressure off (a little bit).
Jacob is currently an intern with El Dorado County Environmental Management as a grade 1 operator in training. He knows first-hand that gaining a certificate of achievement can mean entry to careers in industries that are in high demand, pay well and offer advancement. He wants other students to know that achieving a certificate is a fast-track to jobs with solid growth potential, little financial burden and a way to find something you like, even if Dad approves.