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EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Program

In 2010, the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) led an effort to more closely collaborate with other programs within EPA on workforce development and job training. Program offices now participating in the expanded initiative include the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST), Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO), Center for Program Analysis (CPA), Innovation, Partnerships, and Communication Office (IPCO), Office of Wastewater Management (OWM), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). This initiative was created to develop a job training cooperative agreement opportunity that includes expanded training in other environmental media outside the traditional scope of just brownfields cleanup. As a result of this effort, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants Program, formerly known as the ”Brownfields Job Training Grants Program,” now allows applicants to deliver other training in the environmental field, in addition to the core traditional brownfields hazardous waste and petroleum training historically provided.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and under-employed residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities. Residents learn the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, including a focus on assessment and cleanup activities. To date, EPA has funded 191 job training grants totaling over $42 million through the former Brownfields Job Training Program and newly expanded Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program. As of January 2012, approximately 10,275 individuals had completed training and approximately 7,155 obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.12. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 70% for the program, and also includes accomplishments data recorded since the program was created in 1998.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant

$200,000

EPA has selected the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) for an environmental workforce development and job training grant. LACC plans to train 60 students, place at least 48 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. The core training program includes 82 hours of environmental training in 40-hour HAZWOPER, 32-hour asbestos abatement worker, and OSHA site worker safety. Participants also will be offered an additional 59 hours of training covering a variety of innovative remediation cleanup and detection methods, including wastewater treatment, UST leak prevention, landfill remediation capping, soil sampling and analysis, and chemical safety and stewardship. LACC is targeting underemployed and unemployed young adults living in the Pacoima District of the San Fernando Valley for this job training program. Key partners include the City of Los Angeles Brownfields Program, Pacoima Beautiful, WorkSource California, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, the Los Angeles Community Development Department, Los Angeles Housing Department, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, and the Northeast San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center.

Contacts

For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).

EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
415-972-3270
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/brown/index.html)

Grant Recipient: Los Angeles Conservation Corps
213-362-9000 ext 238

The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.


 
EPA 560-F-12-179
June 2012
United States
Environmental
Protection Agency
Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)

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