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Brownfields Job Training Program Graduates Recognized by STLCC, SLU

February 12, 2010

The first graduates of a joint training program between St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University were recognized in a special ceremony Feb. 12 at SLU’s Center for Environmental Education and Training.

The St. Louis Area Brownfields Job Training program offers coursework in hazardous materials handling, lead-based paint and asbestos remediation. It also includes weatherization and ecosystem restoration to ensure participants are able to tap into the emerging "green" jobs market. It is done In conjunction with worker safety training to ensure the health and well-being of program participants.

Those who complete the program are licensed to work in lead and asbestos abatement in both Missouri and Illinois. Coursework was chosen to meet the needs of employers in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

STLCC was one of only two schools in the four states of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 to receive a $500,000 grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with financial assistance from the EPA. STLCC has targeted unemployed and underemployed residents in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with a focus on the Regional Empowerment Zone where the unemployment rate is more than over 24 per cent.

The next six-week training sessions begin Feb. 15, April 5 and May 24. The college expects to train 120 students over the course of three years, with an expectation of 40 graduates each year.

To qualify for this free program, individuals must be 18 years or older; possess a valid driver’s license; have a high school diploma, GED or currently be enrolled in a GED program; be eligible for employment in the United States; and pass a drug test.

For more information, call Tim Boul at 314-679-3341.