City receives environmental workforce development, job training grant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the City of Tacoma for an environmental workforce development and job training grant. Tacoma plans to train 90 students, place 65 graduates, and track graduates for one year. The training program will consist of five sessions of a 110-hour core curriculum, followed by three supplemental tracks: a 54-hour life-cycle assessment track, a wastewater treatment apprenticeship with 5,000 on-the-job and classroom hours, and a 40-hour green site remediation track. The core curriculum will include 40-hour HAZWOPER, forklift certification, and underground storage tanks/leaking underground storage tanks awareness. Students will be recruited from a pool of low-income, unemployed residents of the target areas. Tacoma will work with environmental employers in Pierce County and the local workforce investment board to place graduates in environmental jobs. The grant will be announced on July 20 at 11 a.m. at Clover Park Technical College. For more information, visit EPA Brownfields Web site at .