Merced College to offer drought-related training classes

Merced College will offer two programs, beginning in January, aimed at providing job training for workers and employers hit hardest by California’s ongoing drought.

The college recently received $150,000 in state funding to provide the training programs, the college said in a news release.

Merced College was one of six community colleges in the San Joaquin Valley to receive a share of $1 million as part of a dozen new training programs developed after an agreement between between the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Employment Training Panel and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Merced College will offer two programs beginning Jan. 10 – “Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators” and “Electrical Industrial Maintenance,” college officials said.

Funding for the program was made available through drought-aid legislation signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Students will receive instruction on irrigation systems, evaluation specialists and designers, logistics technicians, electrical maintenance technicians, water treatment operators, forklift and warehouse technicians, food safety technicians, qualified pesticide applicators, and manufacturing production technologists.

For more information or a schedule of training, call the Merced College Workplace Learning Resource Center at (209) 386-6735 or go to