2014 Job Training
Alaska Forum, Inc.
EPA Brownfields Program
In 2010, the EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) led an effort to more closely collaborate with other programs within the Agency 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), 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 brownfields hazardous waste assessment and cleanup. As a result of this effort, the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program now allows applicants to deliver a broader array of training in the environmental field, in addition to the traditional brownfields hazardous waste and petroleum training historically provided. Through the expanded Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program, graduates develop wider skill sets that improve their ability to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including water quality improvement and chemical safety. This effort also gives communities more flexibility to provide different types of environmental training based on local employers' hiring needs.
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 underemployed residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities. To date, EPA has funded 237 job training grants totaling over $48 million through the former Brownfields Job Training program and Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. As of April 2014, approximately 12,800 individuals have completed training, and of those, approximately 9,100 have obtained employment in the environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage of $14.00. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 71% since the program was created in 1998.
Job Training Grant
EPA has selected the Alaska Forum, Inc., for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. The Alaska Forum, Inc., plans to train 18 students, place all 18 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates throughout their participation in the program. The core training program includes 308 hours of instruction, including coursework in 40-hour HAZWOPER, underground storage tank remediation, solid waste management and cleanup, wastewater treatment awareness, emergency spill response, and asbestos abatement training. Specialized training on reducing exposures and promoting worker health and safety will be offered. Successful apprentices become Journeyman-level Certified Environmental Technicians. The Alaska Forum is targeting unemployed and underemployed Alaska residents, with a focus on recruiting individuals with low incomes and minorities from Alaska's rural communities. Key partners include University of Alaska, Alaska Department of Labor, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and several tribal governments, including the Knik Tribal Council.
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 10 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 10 Brownfields Web site (http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/CLEANUP.NSF/sites/bf)
Grant Recipient: Alaska Forum, Inc.
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.