Helix Board Member Mark Gracyk and our human resources team will be among the military and water industry panelists at the Warriors2Water Career Day tomorrow, August 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Student Center.

The free event, hosted by the Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca College and San Diego County water and wastewater utilities, will introduce current and soon-to-be military veterans to the career pathways in the water industry. The services that water and wastewater utilities provide are essential to public health and safety, the environment, local and regional economies and the jobs they provide.

Attendees can also talk with the Helix human resources team and recruiters from other utilities, and explore the training programs and resources available to help veterans launch a civilian career in water.

Each year in San Diego, more than 15,000 military personnel transition out of active duty and into the civilian workforce. The military teaches strong teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability skills, and these are critical skills when you are operating a water treatment plant, repairing a broken water main or troubleshooting an IT issue.


8:30 a.m.
– Registration and check-in

9 a.m.
Opening Session
– Dr. Lynn Neault, Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
– Mark Gracyk, Board of Directors, Helix Water District
– Donald Jones, Warriors2WaterWorks Campaign Coordinator

9:45 a.m.
Why Choose a Waterwork Career Pathway?
– Sue Mosburg, Executive Director, California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association

10:45 a.m.
How Your Military Service Translates to a Career in the Waterworks Industry
– Jose Martinez, General Manager, Otay Water District, and U.S. Naval Academy Graduate

12 p.m.
100 Years of U.S. Military/Regional Waterworks Collaboration
– Kelley Gage, San Diego County Water Authority
– Free lunch provided

1:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 1A: Recently Transitioned From the Military to the Water Industry – Panel Discussion
Breakout Session 2A: How Civilian Employers Hire

2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 1B: Resources for Managing the Transition Process
Breakout Session 2B: Career Pathways and Training Resources in Water

3:45 p.m.
Closing Session

How to Register
Register online at CenterforWaterStudies.org or at the event.

Event Location
Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.



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