Operator Training Committee of Ohio, Inc

3972 Indianola Avenue * Columbus, Ohio 43214-3158

Phone (614) 268-6826 * Fax (614) 268-3244

Email: otco@otco.org

PUBLIC NOTICE EMAILED

MARCH 13, 2020


OTCO’s Response to COVID-19
March 13, 2020 


Governor Mike DeWine’s updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) directly impacts many of you in the water & wastewater profession. Some facilities where classes are being held are restricting the entrance of non-essential personnel on the premises.
 
Effective ‪Monday, March 16, 2020, OTCO classroom courses, workshops, and backflow trainings have been suspended ‪until Monday, April 6, 2020.  
 
Trainings that were scheduled between March 16th thru April 6th will be rescheduled or alternative on-line training will be offered.
 
At this time, the April 14-15, 2020 Wastewater Workshop in Columbus will still be offered.
 
We will provide updates and information on the OTCO website ‪starting Monday, March 16, 2020, as decisions and announcements are made.
 
OTCO staff will be available at:
Telephone: (614) 268-6826
Email: otco@otco.org

Meanwhile, please take care of yourselves and your families. 

Respectfully,
 
Curtis L. Truss Jr., OTCO Executive Director
curtis@otco.org
OEPA Professional Certified Class III Operator: Water & Wastewater
(614) 268-6826 Office 

(614) 268-3244 (Fax)

(937) 215-6554 (Cell)

​​​Last Updated Friday, March 27, 2020 10:20am

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES FOR

OEPA CONTACT HOURS

UPDATE AS OF 3/23/2020

OTCO's distance learning courses for contact hours will be

available on-line on March 31, 2020.

OAC 3745-8-15

(E) Contact hour course approval.
(a) Web-based course, which shall be interactive and not static or pre-recorded:
  (i) Results of an interactive test given during the course for comprehension.
  (ii) A report of how long a student had the course as their main screen. A   student is considered in attendance for the course if the report indicates ninety per cent of the time was spent with the course as the main screen. 
  (iii)  Completion certificate that includes the course date, course name, name of training provider, signature of person verifying attendance and name of operator. 


Please continue to register for our paper and pencil distance learning courses for contact hours by clicking here.

WORKSHOPS

UPDATE AS OF 3/27/2020


The Wastewater Workshop for April 14-15, 2020 has been rescheduled for the Doubletree Hotel-Columbus Ohio for September 23-24, 2020. OTCO is offering the same topics and speakers in an interactive Webinar on April 14-15, 2020.

NOTE: The interactive webinar will not be at the Doubletree. You will need to join the interactive webinar from your home or office computer.


You can ask questions during the webinar and will receive copies of the presentations.
You can sit in on 45 minutes to 12 hours of the webinar still receive contact hours. Additional information regarding the Webinar will be posted by 1:00pm on 3/30/20.
In addition, you will receive 12.00 Hours of Distance Learning Courses if you are currently registered or are planning to register. The hours for the Distance Learning Courses can be transferred to an employee of your organization.  An additional email we be sent to current registrants by 1:00pm on 3/30/20.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in advance and remember... We are all in this together.


Curtis L. Truss Jr. OTCO Executive Director
curtis@otco.org



The following workshops have been rescheduled for September 2020. Dates to be announced.

Water Lab Workshop (May 12, 2020)

Pretreatment Workshop (May 13, 2020)

Wastewater Lab Workshop (May 14, 2020)


Please continue to register for these workshops and the other workshops by clicking here.

REGIONAL WORKSHOPS

UPDATE AS OF 3/20/2020:

The following regional trainings have been rescheduled as follows:


Marietta Workshop - September 2-3 2020

Elyria Workshop - August 19, 2020

Wooster Workshop - September 17, 2020


Please continue to register for these workshops and the other workshops by clicking here.

CLASSROOM COURSE

UPDATE AS OF 3/23/2020

Classroom Courses suspended until Monday April 6, 2020.

Resuming after April 6, 2020.


Virtual Classrooms will be available after March 30, 2020.

"A virtual classroom is an on-line learning environment that allows for live interaction between the tutor and the learners."


OTCO has met with a majority of current instructors and all have agreed to providing a virtual classroom. - Curtis L. Truss Jr. Executive Director

BACKFLOW COURSE

UPDATES AS OF 3/16/2020

All Backflow Courses that were scheduled between

March 16th - April 6th have been suspended.

They will be rescheduled after April 6, 2020.


A portion of this course shall be offered in a

Virtual Classroom setting. Additional information available

after April 6, 2020.

NOTE: Hands-on lab must be in person. Dates to be determined.

"A virtual classroom is an on-line learning environment that allows for live interaction between the tutor and the learners."


Please continue to register for future Backflow Courses 

by clicking here.