New certificate program at California State University San Marcos in Water Resources Management and Leadership
As California continues to contend with historic drought conditions, professionals in water resources are playing a critical role in developing and implementing the solutions needed to overcome our water challenges.
A new for-credit certificate program at California State University San Marcos, Water Resources Management and Leadership, is training the next generation of leaders who will be responsible for providing remedies and determining how to deliver water to regional homes and businesses in times of drought.
The certificate program was developed after water industry representatives, including the Vallecitos Water District, approached the University about the need to educate future water managers. With a large number of water managers expected to retire in the next few years, the new certificate program is vital, officials say.
CSUSM officials envision the certificate eventually leading to a bachelor’s degree program at the campus. Professor Alan Styles said that with California facing critical water shortages, as well as the new complexities due to climate and industry change, the program will play a critical role while burnishing the University’s reputation as a leader in water resources education.