2012 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Fact Sheet
Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., Oakland, CA
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
EPA has selected the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., for an environmental workforce development and job training grant. The Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., plans to train a minimum of 80 students, place at least 60 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. The core training program includes 193 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER, waste site worker health and safety, emergency response and chemical spills, disaster site worker, advance hazmat specialist, mold and asbestos abatement, incident command, and mold inspection. Twelve state or federal certifications will be offered. Cypress Mandela is targeting economically disadvantaged residents of Oakland, San Leandro, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Richmond, including women, minorities, veterans, and ex-offenders. Key partners include the Oakland Housing Authority, Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, East Bay One Stop Career Centers, California Department of Transportation, Peralta Community College District, and several union organizations.
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
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/brown/index.html)
Grant Recipient: Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., CA
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.