United States
                 Environmental
                 Protection Agency
                 Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5101)
      EPA 500-F-98-246
      August 1998
  <&EPA   Brownfields  Job  Training
                  and  Development
                  Demonstration  Pilot
                               Oakland Private Industry
                                      Council,  Oakland,  CA
  Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
               Quick Reference Fact Sheet
The Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots will each be funded up to $200,000 over
two years.  These Pilots will bring together community groups, job training organizations, educators, labor groups,
investors, lenders, developers, and other affected parties to address the issue of providing environmental
employment and training for residents in communities impacted by brownfields. The goals of the Pilots are to
facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites contaminated with hazardous substances and prepare trainees for
employment in the environmental field, including training in alternative or innovative treatment technologies.
BACKGROUND

EPA has selected the Oakland Private Industry
Council, Inc. for a Brownfields Job Training and
Development Demonstration Pilot. The Oakland
Private Industry Council will concentrate its
workforce development efforts in the City of
Oakland, California, which is a Brownfields As-
sessment Demonstration Pilot.

The Job Training Pilot will target low-income and
other disadvantaged residents in five Enhanced
Enterprise Community (EEC) areas of Oakland
and the inner-urban areas of the Cities of West
Berkeley and Hayward.  These areas represent
some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in
the Bay Area.  Unemployment is  20.3% in EEC
areas of Oakland and 12.5% in West Berkeley.
Minorities comprise 90.9% of the target areas in
Oakland, 78.8% of inner-urban West Berkeley, and
57.5% of inner-urban Hayward. More than 600
contaminated and potentially contaminated sites
have been identified throughout Oakland.  The
City's efforts to assess and clean up brownfields,
upcoming military base cleanup activity, and the
severe distress  of targeted communities indicate a
need for environmental training.
  PILOT SNAPSHOT
  Oakland Private Industry
    Council, Oakland,
      California
  Date of Announcement:
  August 1998

  Amount:  $200,000

  Profile: The Pilot targets
  Temporary Assistance to
  Needy Families (TANF)
  recipients and other low-
  income residents within five
  Enhanced Enterprise
  Community areas of
  Oakland and the inner-
  urban areas of the Cities of
  West Berkeley and
  Hayward.
Contacts:

Oakland Private Industry
Council
(510)891-9393
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 9
(415)744-1207
     Visit the EPA Region 9 Brownfields web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/region09/waste/brown/index.html

   Forfurther information, including specific Pilot contacts,
 additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
 publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:
       http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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TRAINING OBJECTIVES

The Oakland Private Industry Council plans to train
120 students with the EPA grant, achieve an 80%
placement rate, and track students for up to one
year.  Participants to be targeted will be Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients
and other low-income residents of Oakland EEC
areas, West Berkeley, and Hayward.  The Pilot
training will consist of a 13-week curriculum,
including training in the use of innovative assess-
ment and cleanup technologies.  Students who
successfully complete the training will have the
opportunity to enter the Northern California
Carpenters Apprenticeship Program.  The training
efforts of the Oakland Private Industry Council will
be supported by organizations such as the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters, Cypress Mandela
Training Center, and the Community and Economic
Development Agency of  Oakland.

ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Developing a curriculum for brownfields
 assessment and cleanup;

 Conducting brownfields hazardous materials
 handling training, including courses in the use of
 innovative assessment and cleanup technologies;
 and

 Conducting outreach to  recruit disadvantaged
 residents of Oakland's EEC areas, West
 Berkeley, and Hayward.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet
been negotiated; therefore,  activities described in this
fact sheet are subject to change.
Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilot                      Oakland Private Industry Council,
August 1998                                                                       Oakland, California
                                                                                 EPA 500-F-98-246

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