St. Louis Community College (STLCC) received $200,000 in grant funding from the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grant funding will offer program enrollees the skills needed to work in the environmental industry.
In an EPA Region 7 and STLCC press release about the grant, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) are quoted:
“Brownfields job training programs are a win-win for communities impacted by hazardous waste sites,” said Pruitt. “These job training programs can touch and change lives by providing valuable and marketable skills that also help protect our environment.”
“I’m glad to see the EPA recognize the great work that St. Louis Community College is doing to recruit and train students for good-paying jobs,” said Blunt. “STLCC has a strong record of placing program graduates in high-demand fields, and these additional resources will give more students the skills they need to secure their future and improve their communities.”
The core training program “includes 222 hours of instruction in 40-hour HAZWOPER training, 10-hour OSHA construction safety training, first aid/CPR training, environmental sampling and monitoring, mold remediation, lead and asbestos abatement work, storm water management, ecosystem restoration, and additional OSHA fall protection, excavation and trenching, and permit required confined spaces training. Participants who complete the training program will earn two state and 16 federal certifications to perform environmental work.”
The partners in STLCC’s training efforts include the St. Louis Workforce Development Board, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 110, HRP Associates Inc., Spray Services, Aerotek, St. Louis YouthBuild/AmeriCorps, and Fathers’ Support Center St. Louis.