With this new grant award, Coalfield will offer participants basic and advanced levels of training based on previous certifications. The courses include Hazardous Waste (HAZWOPER), OSHA, and Forklift training as well as training in asbestos, lead and mold awareness, first aid, sustainable deconstruction, composting for reclamation and environmental justice. In total, Coalfield’s goals are to enroll a total of 120 students with 75 graduating, 40 students obtaining employment related to the training and 22 pursuing higher education.
Funded through the Agency’s Brownfields Job Training Program, these grants provide funding to organizations that are working to create a skilled workforce in communities where assessment, cleanup, and preparation of brownfield sites for reuse activities are taking place. Individuals completing a job training program funded by EPA often overcome a variety of barriers to employment. Many of these individuals are from historically under-served neighborhoods and reside in the areas affected by environmental justice issues.