2014 Job Training
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 City of Camden for an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant. The City of Camden plans to train 45 students, place 36 graduates in environmental jobs, and track graduates for one year. The training program includes 370 hours of instruction in 19 courses, including 40-hour HAZWOPER; environmental sampling and analysis; asbestos worker; soil and groundwater remediation; solid waste management; industrial wastewater treatment; municipal wastewater; stormwater management; material recovery and recycling; lead renovation, repair, and painting; 30-hour OSHA general industry; confined space entry; and green technologies. Students will earn 20 certificates, four state occupational licenses, and three federal certifications. The City of Camden is targeting unemployed and underemployed residents of Camden and surrounding counties in south Arkansas within a 50-mile commuting distance. Key partners include the Arkansas Workforce Center, Southwest Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development, SAU Tech/Arkansas Environmental Academy, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Camden Port Authority, and a number of community-based organizations and environmental employers.
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 6 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 6 Brownfields Web site (https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/epa-region-6-south-central-brownfields)
Grant Recipient: City of Camden, AR
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.