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NRWA to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with Announcement

Duncan, Oklahoma – National Rural Water Association (NRWA) headquartered in Duncan, Oklahoma is celebrating National Apprenticeship week with a reception and announcement. Businesses, media, and local officials are invited to learn about partnership opportunities and celebrate the creation of the NRWA Workforce Advancement Center on November 14 from 2-4pm at the NRWA Headquarters, 2915 South 13th Street, Duncan, Oklahoma.

“The NRWA Workforce Advancement Center will ensure a well-trained and capable water sector workforce to meet the increasing demands of the water industry,” said NRWA CEO Sam Wade. “Advancements in water treatment and supply technology have increased the skills and training needed to protect public health and the environment.  The apprenticeship program will ensure we have the skilled and educated workforce we need well into the future.”

“The Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation is excited about this initiative to continue developing workforce in our area,” stated Jeannie Bowden, Economic Development Specialist for the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, “We look forward to working with the NRWA, Oklahoma Rural Water Association, as well as, area schools and businesses to form apprenticeship opportunities.”

To support this initiative or obtain further information, contact NRWA or visit For more information on National Apprenticeship Week 2016, being held November 14-20, 2016, and ApprenticeshipUSA visit the Department of Labor website at

About National Rural Water Association

The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small communities across the United States.  The mission of NRWA is to strengthen State Associations. NRWA provides training and technical assistance through 49 affiliated State Rural Water Associations that currently have over 31,000 utility system members.  Rural Water training and technical assistance covers every aspect of operating, managing and financing water and wastewater utilities.

About the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation

 In 1993, the citizens and businesses of Duncan created the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) to promote the development of existing businesses, attract new businesses, and diversify Duncan’s economic base. By simultaneously building up the local infrastructure, establishing relationships throughout the community and state, and ensuring that there is a well-trained and vital workforce, DAEDF created an attractive business climate. DAEDF has attracted businesses that provide competitive wages and make capital investments in the community, which means they are more likely to remain in the area as long-term employers.

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