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Building A Pipeline To Groundwater Careers

This collaboration between Oklahoma State University's College of Arts and Sciences and the National Groundwater Association aims to address the critical shortfall of geoscience workers and improve access to groundwater essential for people around the world. From K-12 outreach to academic curriculum to workforce development, NGWA University creates direct pathways for students to pursue groundwater careers.   

The Issues We FaceGroundwater provides 98% of accessible drinking water, yet there is a gap in qualified workers to access this precious resource. 


130K
geoscience positions 

need filled as early as 2029
100
years of economic growth

from drilling industry wells
44%
of Americans

rely on the groundwater industry for drinking water
20+
years of increase

life expectancy from clean water

Drilling Basics Online

Meeting a critical need for groundwater training
Drilling Basics Online is an online training program developed through a collaboration of industry professionals, scientists, engineers and experts in online education. The courses could lead to drilling certification or potentially university credit. 

Awesome Aquifer 360

Inspiring groundwater careers at a young age
NGWA's Awesome Aquifer Kit helps K-12 students visualize concepts such as groundwater storage and contamination. The physical kit has been digitized through OSU's CAS Outreach into Awesome Aquifer 360, and is now a fully online interactive experience. The 360 version allows NGWA to reach more students than ever before. 

Sponsorships

Thank you to our founding sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible. 

Franklin Electric

Platinum Founding Industry Partner

PumpsOK

Founding Industry Partner

David Traut and Traut Companies

Founding Member Partner

 

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