Skip to content

Explore Your Future!

We offer what you need to achieve success. Come explore and find out why so many students have decided to call one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District the pathway to their future.

Not sure where to start? Our Career Assessment Tool can help.

 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

About the Program

Northwest Vista College provides state of the art equipment and instruction for a program in Water Resource Science (previously 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 Water Resource Science.

Program Brochure


Current Awards:


About the Program Coordinator: Dr. 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 may have more intelligence, 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, 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

Dr. Howard Marquise
Phone: 210-486-4355
Office: WETC

Area Contacts

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

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A