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Education scholarship awarded to Arni

After more than a year of complex coursework and hands-on instruction, Wartrace apprentice Peter Arni has been named the recipient of a $2,000 education scholarship. The scholarship, offered by Hawkins Inc. through the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) Apprenticeship Program, will offset the training and education expenses.

“We have been so pleased that Mr. Arni has shown initiative and is growing his talent when it comes to our water distribution system,” said Mayor Cindy Drake. “I also want to express my appreciation to our partners at TAUD. Their help has certainly been beneficial to both Wartrace and all of our water customers.”

The registered apprentice program combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction to prepare participants for successful completion of the state water treatment operator certification exam. Affiliated with the U.S. Department of Labor, it offers structured career development opportunities for employees to enter designated jobs or gain promotions, and for employers to increase recruitment opportunities and increase retention.

Recognizing the urgency to retain skilled employees in the water and wastewater industries, Hawkins, Inc. provided the scholarship funds. “Their generosity is helping prepare Tennessee with the next generation of Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations Specialists,” said Kevin Byrd, the Workforce Development Coordinator with TAUD. “On behalf of TAUD and Hawkins, it is a pleasure to congratulate Mr. Arni on this scholarship. Additionally, we recognize the Town of Wartrace and its administration for having the foresight and initiative to participate in this training program. Their efforts will continue to provide Wartrace with a safe and sound water system.”

Hawkins, Inc. distributes bulk chemicals and blends, and manufactures and distributes specialty chemicals for a wide variety of industries, including for water treatment, industrial, pharmaceutical, surface finishing, and more.

Pictured L-R: Recognizing his hard work, Utility and Public Works Superintendent Phil Miller and Town Recorder Kathy Tyson congratulate Peter Arni on his scholarship.

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