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BETC BIO Summer Scholars

High school students from several DPS schools will be spending their summer learning about urban stormwater pollution and gaining hands-on BETC experience of how to improve water quality as BIO Summer Scholars. The Bionomic Educational Training Center (BETC, pronounced “Betsy”) is a project of Durham County's Soil & Water Conservation District staff and provides funding, work experience, practical math and science lessons and green infrastructure training for Durham Public School students. BETC is a youth workforce development training program that addresses water quality via stormwater retrofit design and implementation. Students are educated about urban stormwater pollution and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality, as well as irrigation and off-grid solar power technology. These lessons provide an opportunity for students to explore 21st century career fields that pay a livable wage.