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American Water Signs Agreement to Become U.S. Army PaYS Partner

Yahoo! reports that “American Water (AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, is signing a partnership agreement with the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program.”

“The PaYS program is designed to help soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skill, discipline and work ethic that military service members bring to a business. This program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help soldiers forge professional relationships with businesses and encourage business owners to look to the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source. Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 600 employers have partnered with the program.”

“’We are so pleased to enter this important partnership with the U.S. Army that aligns with our business in so many ways,’ said American Water President and CEO Susan Story. ‘With about ten percent of our employees being military veterans, we have firsthand knowledge of the tremendous value they bring to our organization. Much of the skills and training people receive in the military can be easily applied to jobs in the water and wastewater industry, such as engineering, IT and operations. Additionally, these men and women are accustomed to putting safety first and to 24/7 operations. And as the contracted provider of water and wastewater service to 12 U.S. military bases, we are proud to form an additional partnership that helps build a pathway from military service to a career with our company.’”

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