Holding strong

Kate’s strengths have always drawn her towards service, not the spotlight. But with a story like hers, she shines a light all her own.

Portrait of Kate, smiling as she looks off camera, arms folded, standing in front of a maintenance shop rack of colorful 55-gallon drums.
Kate smiles for the camera in an up-close portrait.

“It’s our job to make sure everything stays up and running for the plant operators. It’s neat to walk through here and see things I worked on still holding strong.”

Through the District’s Maintenance Training Program, Rybarczyk broadened her knowledge, learning welding, blueprint reading, and hydraulics and pneumatics. “You learn to troubleshoot the equipment, understand the different pumps and what they’re good for, and make modifications to improve the process,” she said. To complete the program trainees demonstrate competency in 18 different skillsets. “You get out of it what you put into it.”

Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in front of the Cleveland skyline. Credit Joe Michnicki.

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