Apprenticeship Graduation 12.02.21

On December 2, 2021, Florida Rural Water Association was honored to recognize the first graduation class of our Apprenticeship Program. The ceremony was held at the FRWA Office building with a host of dignitaries attending. The graduates were accompanied by representatives from their sponsoring employer. Graduates included system employees as well as others that are enhancing their career as an operator in the water and wastewater industry. The Florida Rural Water Association is very proud to present the inaugural class of the FRWA Apprenticeship Program.

2021 FRWA Apprenticeship Graduates

Click on the photos of the graduates below to hear their comments on the FRWA Apprenticeship Program.

Dean Cutshaw

City of Tallahassee

Jamie Deal

Jefferson Comm Water

Andres Hernandez Reyes

Town of Havana

KC Bell


Jim Cagno


Jeremy (Chad) Deal was also present to accept a Certificate of Participation for his participation in the Course.

As so appropriately stated by the FRWA Apprenticeship Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies, in spite of "many challenges, COVID, night shift, day shift, etc." our graduates "found a way to get to the finish line." With the support of their employers the students were allowed to take the time to attend class and FRWA appreciates those that made sacrifices on our graduates behalf.

Jeremy (Chad) Deal was also present to accept a Certificate of Participation for his participation in the Course.

When asked their opinion of the Apprenticeshp Program, the graduates stated that they found it very beneficial and were glad they had the opportunity to enhance their careers. Jennifer Porter with the City of Tallahassee stated that, "The Apprenticeship Program provides the resources, the tools, the training that individuals need so that they can jump into an organization and be an immediate benefit and have an immediate positive impact in water operations and wastewater operations."

Attending the ceremony, some in person and some remotely were:

Patricia Cichon, FRWA President

Bruce Morrison, FRWA Vice President

William G Grubbs, FRWA Secretary Treasurer

Robert Munro, FRWA National Director

Tom Jackson, FRWA Board Member

Scott Kelly, FRWA Board Member

Gary Williams, FRWA Executive Director

FRWA Apprenticeship Coordinator

Ben Lewis, FRWA Program Manager

Amanda Read, FRWA Financial Director

Audrey Nunskis, Business Manager, Jefferson Communities Water

Julie Conley, Outgoing Business Manager, Jefferson Communities Water

Howard McKinnon, Town Manager, Town of Havana

Jennifer Porter, Manager-Water Operations, City of Tallahassee

The Florida Rural Water Association congratulates our graduates and would like to express our sincere appreciation to the employers that sponsored them. If you would like more information on our Apprenticeship Program, click here or contact FRWA at or call 850.668.2746.

To view the complete graduation ceremony click on the link below.