ALCOSAN project offers hands-on challenge and eligibility for college credit

Students from Penn Hills and South Fayette school districts will be collaborating with ALCOSAN in the coming weeks to make recommendations for reducing storm water runoff on their high school campuses. dsc_0800

To kick off the project, the teams met last week with Julia Spicher, a civil engineer from ALCOSAN, who gave them a presentation explaining why runoff from many sources in Allegheny County contributes to sewer line overflows, polluting waterways whenever ALCOSAN’s treatment plant receives more waste water than it can handle.

Organized by our Student Powered Solutions program, the ALCOSAN project is one of a number of community partnerships created to give students hands-on opportunities to apply their learning and improve their soft skills by working in teams.

As part of the ALCOSAN kickoff, students also learned a little about “green jobs” and found out how they can to earn a college credit for their work on the project through Community College of Allegheny County.

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