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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 designed exclusively to help operators meet permit obligations, achieve performance excellence, and advance in their careers (tpomag.com) Ron has written many articles for the TPO […]

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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 of our staff and students. We will be resuming classroom courses in August. Keeping your safety in mind, we will continue to follow the most […]

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 Brown, Andy Campbell and Ron Trygar volunteered to climb into the TREEO pond to clean up some gunk that had been building up while we’ve […]

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 the learning needs of the Gainesville community and beyond, as well as to create or enhance mutually beneficial partnerships with community leaders. We have developed […]


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 now until July 31st, you can register for and take any of the over 3,000 courses that Coursera offers on its learning platform. We hope […]


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 times, this involves developing new wellness habits or hobbies to help productivity and, well, your sanity. Being cooped up can take its toll – a […]


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. Bringing the water utility community together, FlaWARN is made up of Water and Wastewater Utilities across Florida, assisted by regulatory, technical, and law enforcement agencies. […]

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 departments as they adapt: TREEO Asbestos instructors Brian DuChene and Russ Stauffer have worked quickly to move the courses Asbestos Refresher: Project Design & Asbestos […]



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 Development is rescheduling all of our face-to-face training courses. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 as well as guidance received by university officials and will […]

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, March 10. Made up of engaging presentations, panel discussions, interactive pre-conference workshops and social networking opportunities, IWL 2020 is hosted by the University of Florida […]

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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 CDM certification. This scholarship is offered twice a year to one lucky applicant – please join us in celebrating Danielle Davis for winning the very […]


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 office lives a box open to blanket, jacket and other winter item donations for Grace Marketplace, a homeless shelter on a 10-year plan to end […]

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 also added 15 grass carp to our pond to help control some of the invasive water plants, not to mention the opportunity it gives us […]

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 are, what we do, and how we do it – as well as other fun and inspiring tidbits about the people of OPWD and the […]