LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2009) - Kentucky American Water will help teachers from throughout Central Kentucky prepare for the upcoming school year when they visit the water company's Richmond Road offices and water treatment plant on Monday, July 27, from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.. The teachers are participants in the Lexmark Teacher Institute, a program of the Lexington Partnership for Workforce Development, an affiliate of Commerce Lexington. The annual program is made possible through the generous support of Lexmark and the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board/Central Kentucky Job Centers.
Part of the institute's curriculum is dedicated to visiting area businesses that use science and math knowledge on a daily basis. During their trip to Kentucky American Water, teachers will learn the science and math background of the water purification process, all the way from the Kentucky River to the kitchen tap. Teachers will also learn about the job skills required to work in the water industry and get specific ideas for supplementing their math and science curricula.
"Our participation in the Lexmark Teachers Institute is natural for us," said Nick Rowe, senior vice president of American Water's Eastern Division and president of Kentucky American Water. "We initiated the Kentucky American Water Science Fair for Fayette County students in 1985 and have sponsored it for 25 years. We're happy we can take part in this new development program for teachers, too. Doing what we can to ensure that area students get the best quality education possible is a high priority for Kentucky American Water."
This year's institute includes 55 middle and high school teachers of science, math and English from Fayette, Jessamine and Scott Counties. There are also several Bluegrass Community and Technical College faculty participating as well.
"Many teachers lack experience in the business sector and this program gets them out into business and industry to see what options are out there for their students," said Pamela Trautner, executive director of the Lexington Partnership for Workforce Development. "We're grateful to have companies like Kentucky American Water to help demonstrate how students must be prepared to fill the workforce needs businesses have."
Kentucky American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.