Sep 21, 2018
School students curious about environmental careers came to the Atlantic County
Utilities Authority (ACUA) Explorer Post Open House on Thursday, September 20
to learn about some of the opportunities ACUA’s Explorer Post will offer during
the coming school year. The first meeting for the 2018-2019 program will be
held on Thursday, September 27 at the ACUA in Egg Harbor Township.
Posts serve young people in high school with worksite-based programs designed to
give hands-on training in career fields. Many people are
familiar with Explorer Posts for law enforcement or firefighting, which also operate under
the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Program. ACUA’s Post focuses on environmental careers.
“ACUA offers a wide range of employment options; but many
people have no idea about the scope or importance of our services. This is a
great opportunity to introduce high school students to a variety of job options
they might not have considered or even known about,” notes ACUA president Rick
Dovey. “Serving as an Explorer Post, we can share information about the
critical work ACUA employees do which contributes to protecting the
Each month, the Explorer group visits a different part of ACUA’s
facilities to meet with staff and learn about operations there. “Our staff has developed
engaging, hands on activities that enable to students to really get a good
understanding of the variety of skills and experience that’s needed to keep
things running at the Authority, as well as a better appreciation for the value
and importance of these jobs,” Dovey added.
Currently, the program runs from September to May, with Explorers
attending one meeting per month.
These meetings are in the early evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There
is a fee to participate and financial assistance may be available. To learn
more students and their families are encouraged to visit www.acua.com/explorer or to call 609-272-6950 for more information.