The Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Alaska, and Zender Environmental Health and Research Group will honor graduates of Zender’s Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program for successfully completing training for possible careers in environmental health and cleanup work.
The job training was made possible through a $192,300 EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant awarded to Zender Environmental Health and Research Group.
“EPA Brownfields job training programs are an important resource for remote Alaska communities and others impacted by hazardous waste sites. They provide unemployed and underemployed citizens with valuable technical skills that enable them to get good jobs in their communities,” said Sheryl Bilbrey, Director of the EPA Region 10 Office of Environmental Cleanup.
Program graduates can earn 10 college credits through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and up to 15 state or federal certifications including HAZWOPER, OSHA 10 Construction Safety, Confined Space Entry, Forklift Operations, and Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead, National Incident Command System, DOT Hazmat, CPR/First Aid.
“We’re tremendously proud of our graduates,” said Dr. Lynn Zender, Executive Director of Zender Environmental Health and Research Group. “Without hesitation we’re able to recommend each student to Alaska’s contractors and rural employers as hardworking and dependable employees. And when we hear about a community that has suddenly started to turn its waste management situation around, it is often a past student that is behind it.”
In addition to receiving EPA grant funding and technical assistance, Zender Environmental Health and Research Group program partners include the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Labor, Association of Village Council Presidents, Kawerak Inc., University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Solid Waste Association of North America, and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The State of Alaska contributed additional funds through its Department of Labor State Training and Employment Program and Department of Environmental Conservation employees also served as training instructors.
More information on EPA’s Brownfields program.
More information on the Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program.