New Jersey American Water hosted a graduation ceremony for its Water UP! program this morning in partnership with non-profit Hopeworks, APEX Solutions Group and Jingoli Construction. The 11-week workforce development program offered water utility and other essential business training to equip Camden-based young adults with the skills required to successfully enter the industry upon graduation. For more information about the Water UP! program, visit newjerseyamwater.com.
Pictured is the inaugural class of Water UP! with Hopeworks Director of Operations and Youth Development Alia Sutton-Bey (far left); American Water COO Cheryl Norton (fourth from left); New Jersey American Water President Mark McDonough (fifth from right); City of Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen (fourth from right); APEX Solutions Group CEO Lonell Jenkins (third from right); Assemblyman William Spearman (second from right), and Camden City Councilman Chris Collins (far right).