TCE employees strive to stay on top when it comes to knowledge and skillsets. We know it’s not only about having the qualifications to land the job – it’s about maintaining and improving on those qualifications. That’s why TCE puts continuing education as a core value of our firm. Every year, we participate in conferences, workshops, professional development courses, local meetings, review sessions, and certification exams to ensure our employees are up to date with the newest knowledge, guidelines, and skillsets to keep us competitive in our industry. The first half of this year alone shows an outstanding effort by TCE employees to increase their professional development credits and expertise in various departments.
Colen Johnson, a staff engineer, received his Class A Wastewater Licensed Designer’s certification – a grueling study and exam that proves hard to pass. Brittany LeBeau, an ecologist for our firm, received professional development credits through a week-long wetland delineations course taught by renowned biologists Art Gilman, Alan Quackenbush and Brad Wheeler. Prior, Brittany was spending her free time completing an 8-week online GIS certification course through an ESRI and UC Davis partnership, an effort that TCE was greatly supportive of. Brittany also attended a field course in describing soil properties and estimating seasonal water tables through the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Vermont in June. You may have also seen our staff presenting. We were at the Eagle Hill Institute where Andrea and Karina, two of our environmental engineers, presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference. In addition to presenting, Karina and Andrea attended a Winter Botany Workshop from the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists. Colen joined Andrea for a Civil Engineering Workshop, and Andrea continued learning solo through an ArcMap Online and Mobile Mapping Course from VTC, and an Aquatic Organism Passage and Flood Resiliency Works Workshop.
Brittany has her eyes set on receiving her Associate Professional Soil Scientist certification this coming November and is currently working hard delineating wetlands all over Vermont. She truly embodies the spirit of striving to learn, “I never imagined working for a company so dedicated to continuing education as TCE is. It’s amazing that I not only have abundant opportunities to improve on my skills, but that I’m encouraged to do so by my company. I am constantly motivated to learn more, know more, and be more by my colleagues, and that’s what makes working for TCE so special.”