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Are you an Employer of Choice?

Being an employer of choice means you have a workplace that improves employee engagement, commitment and retention, and increases job satisfaction and productivity. This workplace promotes diversity and supports an […]

Spring 2021 Quarterly Newsletter

A year after our employees were officially sent to work from home while the world tried to make sense of the oncoming threat of a pandemic, we are pleased that […]

Courtney Hancock Receives UF Superior Accomplishment Award

Courtney Hancock, University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce Development’s (OPWD) Web Developer, is a recipient of the University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award. This award recognizes staff members […]

OPWD’s Annual Inspiring Women Leaders Conference

March 8-9, 2021 marks the 4th Annual Inspiring Women Leaders (IWL) Conference. This two-day virtual event includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and engaging networking opportunities hosted by the University of […]

Ron Trygar Awarded With Master Instructor Designation

Our very own Ron Trygar, UF TREEO Water/Wastewater Instructor, was awarded a National Environmental Safety and Health Training Association (NESHTA) Master Instructor designation! “We already knew he was talented but […]

Gator Nation Giving Day

Stand Up & Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day is an all-day fundraising event that calls on the University of Florida alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and families and friends to […]

Thank You Heyward Florida Inc.!

The UF TREEO Center received a very thoughtful donation from Heyward Florida Inc. this week. The lab equipment (shown above) will go a long way toward helping TREEO meet its […]

Goodbye 2020!

As the last OPWD Insider post of 2020, we thought it fitting to recap all the initiative and progress we managed to accomplish despite the numerous unforeseen barriers that showered […]

Veterans Day 2020

The Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) recently had three flagpoles installed as part of our TREEO Facility Update. Now we proudly display the National flag, POW flag and […]

Halloween 2020!

To celebrate Halloween this year, our wellness committee put together a decorating competition and Trunk or Treat open to OPWD friends and family. Yesterday morning, every employee got to walk […]

Charlie Martin

TREEO Instructors Highlight: Charlie Martin & Ron Trygar

The University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) Center values all of its instructors and the experience and knowledge they bring to each class. UF […]

Introducing: The Tater Trots!

The GatorCare Fall Walking Challenge has arrived and the Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) has taken on the team name of “Tater Trots.” We jump-started things with an […]

FRWA Special Recognition Award

Carol Hinton Receives FRWA Special Recognition Award

Carol Hinton, University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) Associate Director, received the Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) Special Recognition Award during a small award […]

Facility Updates: Part 2

As promised, we are back to share the new and improved facility updates for the TREEO Center. Since the first update, we have had a complete overhaul of our conference […]

IWL 2020

Inspiring Women Leaders 2021: Growing Together

Behind-the-scenes work for the 2021 Inspiring Women Leaders (IWL) conference is in full swing! To be held virtually March 8-9, 2021, the conference’s theme, Growing Together, represents unity, openness, and […]

NFPT Scholarship

Summer 2020 NFPT Scholarship Winner

The second winner for the NFPT Scholarship was announced July 31st. The Ruby Parker Puckett Scholarship is an opportunity for working foodservice professionals to help further their pursuit of a […]

Facility Updates: Part 1

UF OPWD staff is slowly trickling in as our back-to-work plan is coming into effect. It’s been wonderful to see everyone’s faces again (6ft apart, of course), and it has […]

Ron Trygar

UF TREEO Ron Trygar as Podcast Guest

Ron Trygar, UF TREEO Instructor for Water/Wastewater Programs, was recently a guest on the very first podcast of Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) Magazine. TPO is the only freestanding monthly magazine […]

Face Masks

Facility Safety Updates

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen and our University starts to re-open, the Office of Professional and Workforce Development is working to ensure our facility meets all CDC requirements for the safety […]

Andy and Ron

TREEO Pond Clean-Up

Last week, a few of our employees took the extra job description ‘other duties as assigned’ to a new level. Suited up in chest-high waders and our OPWD hats, Laurie […]

Human Trafficking Prevention Course Launches

The mission and purpose of the Community Engagement department in the University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce Development is to provide opportunities and outreach through education to satisfy […]

Coursera

Welcome to our Learning Cafe!

The University of Florida’s Office of Professional and Workforce Development in partnership with Coursera is pleased to offer for a limited time, the COVID19 Access Free Education (CAFE) Program. From […]

Wellness

Wellness Update – Quarantine Edition

Working from home is a new challenge for many, but employees of the Office of Professional and Workforce Development have taken strides (literally and figuratively) to make quarantine life more bearable. Often […]

FlaWARN

FlaWARN Launch

Florida’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN) has a fresh online look and new database! FlaWARN is the formalized system of utilities helping utilities to address mutual aid during emergency situations. […]

Working From Home

Our Regularly Scheduled Update – But Remote

The Office of Professional and Workforce Development is working diligently to bring our sector of face-to-face content into the online realm. Take a look into the various efforts of our […]

Covid

COVID-19

In accordance with guidance issued by the State University System, the University of Florida, and in response to the COVID-19 situation, the University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce […]

She Leads With

IWL 2020

This week the Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) is preparing for the 3rd Annual Inspiring Women Leaders (IWL) Conference that starts Sunday, March 8 and lasts until Tuesday, […]

NFPT Kitchen

NFPT Scholarship Winner

The first-ever scholarship winner for Spring 2020 was announced in late January. The Ruby Parker Puckett Scholarship is an opportunity for working foodservice professionals to help further their pursuit of a […]

Wanda

Community Outreach

This week the Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) wanted to highlight two employees for their efforts in implementing approaches that give back to the community. In the front […]

Wellness Update

2020 Wellness Update

In December we updated a space at our facility where employees can take a relaxation break, work on a puzzle, read a book or just have some quiet time. We […]

OPWD Homepage

Welcome to the OPWD Insider!

The Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) is excited to embark on an online-blogging journey to educate our audiences in an informative and engaging way. Learn about who we […]