IEWorks Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Are you interested in hands-on work? Registered Apprenticeship programs offer earn-while-you-learn career opportunities at water agencies which includes free training, employment, and opportunities for advancement. Learn about these career opportunities in our 10 week pre-apprenticeship program. Women, BiPOC, Justice impacted, and other under-represented workers are especially encouraged to apply.

This program provides:

  • (Free) College Credit Class: Introduction to Water Resource Management (3 unit class at San Bernardino Valley College)
  • OSHA Safety Certification
  • Interview prep training, cover letter and resume assistance
  • Contextual Math Test Preparation Class (Non Credit)
  • Site tours of potential employment sites at water and wastewater agencies
  • Worker-rights awareness training and leadership skill development
  • Referrals to job openings within the Inland Empire Water District Agencies
  • Assistance with transportation, safety equipment costs, and other supportive services based on need

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Qualified applicants will be invited to a phone interview
  3. Eligible applicants with complete applications will be invited to an in-person interview
  4. Selected candidates must attend a mandatory orientation

Applications for the IE Works Pre-Apprenticeship program are closed.

Our Utilities Team

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Programs

Elizabeth Toups has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. In her role as Director of Utilities Training Programs, Elizabeth leads JVS’s efforts to build a more effective workforce pipeline leading to mission critical jobs in the public water/wastewater and transit sectors. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.

Mario Flores

Mario Flores

Senior Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mario has over 13 years of experience supporting students from underserved communities and helping them to enter their career pathways. He has extensive experience working with immigrants, economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. In his previous role, Mario helped develop a program connecting first-generation students with resources and supportive networks to help them achieve their academic goals. Now at JVS, he supports job seekers who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner


Michael brings to JVS 16 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to serving as a manager on our Utilities team, Michael also serves as the manager of BAYWORK, a workforce consortium of over 35 water and wastewater utilities in the Greater Bay Area. Michael’s dual responsibilities are a reflection of the close cooperation between JVS and the utilities that make up BAYWORK. This collaboration gives the JVS Utilities team a high-level of access to leaders in the water sector, enhancing our ability to prepare clients for these well-paid and stable careers.


Program Duration: April 1 – June 13, 2022

Online and In-person: 

Schedule TBD


  • Age 18 or older by April 18th, 2022
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license or able to obtain by April 15th
  • GED or high school diploma
  • Interest in water/ wastewater agency jobs
  • Referred from one of our partner community organizations: Operation New Hope; Inland Empire Black Workers Center, The Leela Project