In high school Kevin Freber knew he was interested in water resources. He was accepted at multiple colleges, but with three children his parents couldn’t afford a four-year degree program.
A high school counselor told Kevin about the Water and Wastewater Technician program at Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) and he enrolled right away.
"I was happy I went that way because I graduated without much debt," Kevin recalls. Even though he worked full time while attending MPTC, Kevin feels it was the best two years of his life.
Shortly before completing his degree, Kevin was hired by the City of Watertown as a waste water treatment plant operator.
"Once I got into the field, I decided this was the career I wanted," he says. Recently, Kevin was promoted to Water Systems Manager in charge of water and wastewater plants, water distribution system and the sanitary collection system. His wife also graduated from MPTC and Kevin convinced his daughter to attend a technical college where she is pursuing a career in cosmetology.
"The technical college helped me not only find a job, but a career in a field that I’m passionate about," he adds.