ESL Class Hosts a Guest Presenter

We were delighted to have Natalee Gunderson, VP of Human Resources at The York Water Company, bring a wave of information and inspiration to our morning English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Her visit not only enriched the students’ understanding of the local community but also shed light on the intricacies of an essential utility service.

Natalee began her presentation by delving into the rich history of The York Water Company. Founded in 1816, it stands as one of the oldest and most distinguished water companies in the United States. The York Water Company, a privately-owned entity, is entrusted with the responsibility of serving over 75,000 homes in the region. It’s a significant pillar of the community, ensuring that clean, safe water flows into every household’s faucets.

One of the most eye-opening aspects of Natalee’s presentation was the revelation that The York Water Company is not government-owned. For many of the students in the ESL classes, this was a surprising and intriguing fact. They discovered that, despite being a private company, the water they rely on is subject to strict federal regulations enforced by the United State government. Safety and quality are paramount in this domain, and water quality is monitored continuously, with tests conducted every hour to ensure that it meets the highest standards.

Beyond the technical aspects of water service, Natalee also shared valuable insights into the diverse range of jobs within the water company. From engineers and technicians who maintain the infrastructure to customer service representatives and HR professionals like herself, The York Water Company offers a wide spectrum of career opportunities. The students were encouraged to explore these avenues, gaining a broader perspective on the local job market.

The visit concluded on a note of gratitude. Natalee was warmly thanked for her time and insight, and the ESL students, along with their instructors, Eileen Long, Jana Finch, and Shea Hortman, were commended for their enthusiasm and participation. The morning was a testament to the power of education and community engagement, as it provided an opportunity for newcomers to the region to learn about the local institutions that impact their lives directly.

 

Natalee Gunderson from the York Water Company visited an ESL class and shared the history of the company while reviewing with students current job openings.

October 23, 2023

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