Kaptur Announces $200,000 Environmental Job Training Grant for Lorain
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, announced today that the Lorain County Community Development Department will receive $200,000 in federal funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. This funding will provide funding for the recruitment, training, and placement of unemployed and underemployed residents of Lorain County in environmental careers. The Lorain County Board of Commissioners plans to train 66 students and place at least 36 graduates in environmental jobs.
“This is a critical investment in people and in skills enhancement for Lorain County,” said Rep. Kaptur. “This federal funding will provide our students an opportunity to advance their careers, get high-value workforce certifications, and to assist the Lorain community in building a cleaner and more sustainable future.”
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant funds provided under the EPA’s Brownfields program is provided to nonprofit organizations and other eligible entities to recruit and train unemployed and underemployed residents from solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities and place them in environmental jobs.
The Lorain County Community Development Department plans to train 66 students in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), general safety, hazardous materials handling, safety equipment, first aid, CPR, and confined space. The skills these students learn in the HAZWOPER program will allow them to safely conduct remediation work at solid and hazardous waste-contaminated sites. Key partners include Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency, Lorain County Joint Vocational School's Adult Career Center, and Lorain County Community College.
Nationwide, graduates of EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program develop a comprehensive set of skills to secure employment in many areas of the environmental field. The goal of this program is to fill environmental jobs with local residents as much as possible and to provide them with careers that make a visible impact cleaning up their neighborhoods while creating a skilled workforce.