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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

About the Program

Northwest Vista College provides state of the art equipment and instruction for a program in Advanced Water Treatment. The program centers on project-based learning in which students are introduced to the public health aspects of potable water supply, operation of wells, process control procedures, techniques and equipment, advanced water mathematics, water treatment systems, water treatment plant equipment, water analysis pretreatment membranes, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and other high purity technologies. The program includes hands-on experience in the most current treatment methods, and results in a certificate or degree in Advanced Water Treatment.  

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About the Program Coordinator: Howard Marquise

Teaching Philosophy 

I feel that education is a tool that can be used to change one’s social status.  It is my belief that everyone can be taught.  Of course the person has to have the desire and willingness to learn.  Yes, certain individuals maybe have more intelligent, or have a higher IQ, and be more suited to certain occupations than others, but everyone can improve their life dramatically through education.  Obtaining an education and attending school is much more than learning facts and solving problems.  It is learning how to reason and my goal as an educator is to shape the way my students will think in the future.  The philosophy that I believe is the most critical to my success as an educator and more importantly to my student’s achievement is to show them I care for them.


Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Completed all coursework and passed qualifying exam. Currently writing dissertation titled "Examining Student's Course Outcome in First Year Anatomy and Physiology Using E-Books Versus Traditional Textbooks". Expected graduation date December 2015.

Master of Education, Adult Education

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Graduated distinguished student GPA 4.0, May 2010

Masters of Science, Chemistry

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Completed six hours graduate study, 2001 

Microsoft Certified System Engineer

New Horizons Computer Training Center, San Antonio, Texas

Completed training courses, 1997

Masters of Science, Analytical Chemistry

University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Completed twelve hours graduate study, 1988

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1987

Academic Departments

Program Coordinator

Howard Marquise
Phone: (210) 486-4355
Office: WETC

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: (210) 486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Shierly Rivera
Administrative Associate
Phone: (210) 486-4354
Office: MLH-201

Heather McCreery
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: (210) 486-4360
Office: MLH-201A