EPA’s Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Storm Water
The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed.
With support from EPA’s Office of Water, this year’s grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and storm water management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or storm water above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics.
Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year’s winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71% of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities.
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