Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Mentoring Work Group


The SSTS AC developed workgroups to address various issues that required a separate commitment on behalf of its volunteers, including a mentoring workgroup. This workgroup’s stated purpose is to bring a higher level of education and competence to the industry’s professionals. Its goals include:
  • Honest assessment of current training effectiveness
  • Identify and overcome the barriers to the current mentoring program
  • Identify potential improvements
The mentoring workgroup began conference calls and email correspondence in early 2007. One of its first tasks was to investigate the manner in which other similarly organized trades administered mentoring/apprentice relationships, specifically plumbers and electricians. Further discussions led to the development of an evaluation strategy that included the use of focus groups and a survey instrument to identify the extent to which certain concerns of the workgroup, SSTS AC members, and MPCA staff were shared by SSTS industry professionals at-large.  The workgroup's recommendations to the SSTS Advisory Committee were unanimously approved in December, 2009.

This workgroup's activities were the focus of Nicholas Haig's thesis for his M.S. in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota:

Evaluation of Minnesota's Subsurface Sewage Treatment Program Professional Experience Program (.pdf)
Published in June, 2011.

Project Poster (.pdf)
Displayed at the October, 2010 Water Resources Conference Poster Session.

Powerpoint Presentation (.ppxs)
Thesis Defense presentation

Please contact work group chair, Doug Kilanowski or lead researcher, Nick Haig with questions.

Doug: (320) 253-8587
Nick: (612) 625-9797