What We Lose When the Funding Runs Out
We recently received this note from the Colorado Rural Water Association:
Decisions about funding at the state and federal level are beyond the control of these training partners and CRWA. As a result, our free Mobile Training Unit program and our free weekly classes, which were federally funded, may come to an end.
CRWA will continue to provide training with your needs and interests in mind at a reasonable cost to you if the state and federal funding ends. Times are changing and we should not rely on grants from federal and state tax money.
Technical assistance providers around the country are all dealing with the same issue. If you are a small system operator who is usually able to find free training to maintain your CEU's, expect to see the "free" go away. What we have seen, though, by working with trainers all over the country, is that training costs are almost always a great value regardless. Bottom line is that you should prepare for possibly spending more on CEU training classes for at least the next year (hopefully, that's all).