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William Pinkleton (left) with step-father Mark Buxton (right).

Mark Buxton and his stepson, William Pinkleton, both of Port Clinton, received their certificates from the Water Operator’s training class on May 1 at the program’s graduation exercise. They join two Fremont residents in the graduation class.

“This was an opportunity for me to re-invent myself and start a new career path,” Buxton said. 

According to WSOS Job Develop Todd Robinson, the class began with 12 participants, but four completed the class. Others dropped out due to work and family constraints.

“I believe this class will give me good career because this makes me a part of the water industry,” Pinkleton said.

The Water Operator training program is operated by WSOS Community Action Commission in partnership with the Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO). Instructors are superintendents from water treatment facilities in the area. 

Each participant received three certificates that indicated their completion of the three main areas of study. The certificates are for OTCO Basic Water Course, Water Distribution Course and the Water Environment Technician course. In addition, each participant completed internships at area water treatment facilities. The graduates will take the state exam on May 7.

Instructors included Steve Heimlich, the program coordinator and one of its instructors, Sam Jacob of Elyria Water Treatment Plant, and Larry Hubert of Lima’s water treatment plant.

Jacob pointed out that the class are college level classes and are transferrable for credit at area colleges.

The training is made possible by a partnership of WSOS Community Action Commission Inc., the Operator Training Committee of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in an effort to improve the education and employment skills of those 18 years or older in the area. 

Those interested in securing a seat in this water operator’s class should call Todd at WSOS at 800-775-9767 or e-mail WSOS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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