\   2012 Environmental Workforce Development
              and Job Training Grant Fact Sheet
  ***лл*      Oregon  Tradeswomen, Inc., Portland, OR
EPA Environmental Workforce
Development and Job Training Grant

In 2010, the Office of Brownfields and Land
Revitalization (OBLR) led an effort to more closely
collaborate with other programs within EPA on workforce
development  and job training. Program offices now
participating in the expanded initiative include the Office
of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), Office
of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
(OSRTI), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST),
Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO),
Center for Program Analysis (CPA), Innovation,
Partnerships,  and Communication Office (IPCO), Office
of Wastewater Management (OWM), Office of Chemical
Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), and the Office
of Emergency Management (OEM). This initiative was
created to develop a job training cooperative agreement
opportunity that includes expanded training in other
environmental media outside the traditional scope of just
brownfields cleanup. As a result of this effort, the
Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training
Grants Program, formerly known as the "Brownfields Job
Training Grants Program," now allows applicants to
deliver other training in the environmental field, in
addition to the core traditional brownfields hazardous
waste and petroleum training historically provided.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training
grant funds are provided to nonprofit organizations and
other eligible entities to recruit, train, and place
predominantly low-income and minority, unemployed and
under-employed residents from solid and hazardous
waste-impacted communities. Residents learn the skills
needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the
environmental field, including a focus on assessment and
cleanup activities. To date, EPA has funded 191 job
training grants totaling over $42 million through the
former Brownfields Job Training Program and newly
expanded Environmental Workforce Development and
Job Training Program. As of January 2012, approximately
10,275 individuals had completed training and
approximately 7,155 obtained employment in the
environmental field, with an average starting hourly wage
of $14.12. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of
                    Environmental Workforce
                    Development and Job Training


                    EPA has selected Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., for
                    an environmental workforce development and job
                    training grant. Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., plans
                    to train a minimum of 30 students, place at least
                    23 graduates in environmental jobs, and track
                    graduates for two years. The core environmental
                    training program includes 68 hours of instruction
                    in 40-hour HAZWOPER, UST leak prevention,
                    wastewater treatment, environmental health and
                    chemical safety, asbestos operations and
                    maintenance worker,  and training related to
                    cleanup activities at the Portland Harbor
                    Superfund site. An additional 27 hours of training
                    in solid waste management, innovative and
                    alternative treatment technologies, OSHA 10-hour
                    safety, and a tool use  course for environmental
                    professionals will be offered prior to the start of
                    the core curriculum. Four state or federal
                    certifications will be offered as part of the
                    environmental curriculum. Oregon Tradeswomen,
                    Inc., is targeting unemployed and underemployed
                    women living in industrial areas near the Portland
                    Harbor Superfund site, the lower Willamette
                    River, and the Columbia Slough, with a particular
                    emphasis on single mothers, women of color,
                    veterans, and ex-offenders. Key partners include
                    the Portland Brownfields Program, Groundwork
                    Portland, Portland Development Commission,
                    Verde, and Worksystems, Inc.

                    For further information, including specific grant
                    contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                    news and events, and publications and links, visit
                    the EPA Brownfields Web site

                    EPA Region 10 Brownfields Team
  United States
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
      June 2012

approximately 70% for the program, and also includes
accomplishments data recorded since the program was
created in 1998.
                      EPA Region 10 Brownfields Web site

                      Grant Recipient: Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.,
                      503-335-8200 ext 22

                      The information presented in this fact sheet comes
                      from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
                      accuracy of this information. The cooperative
                      agreement for the grant has not yet been
                      negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this
                      fact sheet are subject to change.
  United States
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
      June 2012