SOURCE: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

January 27, 2011 19:09 ET

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Contribute Funding to West Hills Community College District

LEMOORE, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2011) - Today, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Sanitation Districts) announced a grant to provide financial support for the West Hills Community College District (West Hills CC). The funding is part of the development of the Sanitation Districts' Westlake Farms Composting Facility in Kings County, California, and will be used to provide scholarships to students from the Central Valley who are attending one of the West Hills CC campuses.

"We have committed this contribution to students in our Engineering Scholars Program," Don Warkentin, president of West Hills College Lemoore, said. "It's appropriate that those who will benefit from this scholarship money be interested in careers in engineering since there is such high demand for engineers -- especially by organizations like the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. This contribution allows us to offer free tuition and up to $600 a semester in books for all qualified students who attend West Hills College Lemoore as engineering majors."

At a presentation ceremony today, Grace Chan, Sanitation Districts Assistant Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager, presented a check to Don Warkentin for the initial contribution of $15,000 for the 2011 Spring semester. Beginning in Fall 2011, and continuing every year thereafter, the Sanitation Districts will provide an additional $30,000 per year to the West Hills CC District. 

"West Hills Community College has shown its commitment to providing quality education for the local community," indicated Grace Chan. "The Westlake Farms Composting Facility will be a state of the art organics management facility and we are pleased to have an opportunity, through this contribution, to partner with West Hills Community College in support of Central Valley residents." 

The Sanitation Districts' Westlake Farms Composting Facility, located approximately 20 miles south of the West Hills CC Lemoore campus, is currently under construction. This cutting edge composting facility will recycle local agricultural waste and biosolids (solids generated from the wastewater treatment process) to produce a nutrient-rich compost product. The composting facility will use the GORE™ Cover System, which features engineered fabric covers to capture odors and emissions from the composting materials in an environmentally responsible manner. The finished product will be used as a soil amendment, similar to compost produced by the Sanitation Districts for over 40 years. The Westlake Farms Composting Facility is anticipated to begin operations in the summer of 2013.

West Hills Community College District serves the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and is part of the California Community College System. Its two colleges, West Hills College Coalinga, which includes North District Center, Firebaugh, and West Hills College Lemoore, serve more than 7,000 students on campus and online each semester.

The Sanitation Districts function on a regional scale and consist of 23 independent special districts serving about 5.7 million people in Los Angeles County. The service area encompasses 78 cities and unincorporated territory within Los Angeles County. The Sanitation Districts protect public health and the environment through innovative and cost-effective wastewater and solid waste management, and in doing so convert waste into resources such as recycled water, energy, and recycled materials.