Bionomic Educational Training Center (BETC)

BETC is a workforce development training program for youth that addresses water quality via stormwater retrofit design and implementation. The Title-I school selected has an Occupational Course of Study (OCS), which trains socially and economically disadvantaged youth. Youth are educated about urban-containment sources and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality, providing opportunities to obtain livable wages for a population that usually only qualifies for low-paying jobs. Outcomes include: educating youth for green infrastructure careers that are increasingly in demand; establishing a successful agribusiness; improving disadvantaged students’ self-esteem; and implementing a Stormwater Bioretention Area and Water Reuse Pond, saving tens of thousands of dollars in conserved water while reducing nutrients entering the Falls-Lake reservoir.

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