New Jersey American Water and Hopeworks Host Graduation Ceremony for “Water UP!” Workforce Development Program

CAMDEN, N.J. – DEC. 3, 2021 – New Jersey American Water hosted a graduation ceremony for its Water UP! program this morning in partnership with non-profit Hopeworks, APEX Solutions Group and Jingoli Construction. The 11-week workforce development program offered water utility and other essential business training to equip Camden-based young adults with the skills required to successfully enter the industry upon graduation. For more information about the Water UP! program, visit  

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Pictured is the inaugural class of Water UP! with Hopeworks Director of Operations and Youth Development  Alia Sutton-Bey (far left); American Water COO Cheryl Norton (fourth from left); New Jersey American Water President Mark McDonough (fifth from right); City of Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen (fourth from right); APEX Solutions Group CEO Lonell Jenkins (third from right); Assemblyman William Spearman (second from right), and Camden City Councilman Chris Collins (far right).

About Hopeworks
Hopeworks is a social enterprise based in Camden, NJ that uses technology, healing, and entrepreneurship to transform lives. Hopeworks’ unique mix of training, trauma-informed care, and real-world experience is what leads to extraordinary results. The approach, combined with high-demand, high-wage technical training and paid work experience is helping to build a workforce that can not only get the job, but keep it. To provide this experience, Hopeworks runs real businesses, providing technology solutions for businesses in web design and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Trauma informed solutions through training and consulting services with the Youth Healing Team. These businesses help generate over 125 youth jobs a year, and lead to high-wage, permanent opportunities for youth in a growing tech industry. To learn more about Hopeworks, please visit

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Erin Banes

Specialist, External Affairs