Environmental Water Technology

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Environmental Water Technology at FSCC

At Fort Scott Community College, Environmental Water Technologies are not limited to a study of earth's sciences, but include a search for solutions for all environmental concerns. FSCC trains professionals to fill the numerous employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors. It is our mission to help environmental specialists develop strategies that preserve the environment and improve the quality of life one community at a time.


FSCC is one of the few institutions in the nation where students can earn an associate of applied science in environmental water technology, a one-year certificate in environmental technology and Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The department currently offers eight areas of concentration:

  • Water Plant Operation
  • Advanced Water Plant Operations
  • Water Distribution System Operation
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation
  • Wastewater Collection System Operation
  • Utilities Maintenance
  • Utilities Management
  • Advance Wastewater


Students who complete the associate of applied science in environmental water technology degree, and are employed by a water or wastewater purveyor, qualify to take the Kansas State Operator Class 1 certification test from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Fore more information about operator certification and examination qualifications, please visit kdheks.gov/water/download/OpCertEdu.pdf

KDHE Links

This section is designed so that the Water and Wastewater Operators of the State of Kansas can access regulations relating to Water and Wastewater field.

Technical Services

Operator Certification



For program details, please view the Course Catalog.



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Ready to get started?

Interested students or municipalities should contact FSCC at 620-223-2700 or complete the online workshop request form found here.

Our Vision

We believe that what we do in the water and wastewater industries and the environmental sciences makes a difference and truly matters to our customers and also to our very own families and ourselves. We believe that we are only stewards of the land, air, and water for a short time, and that we should do whatever we can to leave it better than we received it. We know the importance of delivering good education to the operators of our water and wastewater industry. We are committed to this endeavor.

We all know the difficulties faced by the economy and the water and wastewater industries, however, through shared communication and servant leadership, we can carry on with the good influence of education and training for our operators and the entire field.

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