Tacoma to Receive $200,000 EPA grant for environmental job training

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Tacoma will receive $200,000 in grant funding. The funding will support the City’s ongoing efforts to conduct environmental workforce development and job training in Tacoma.

“The environmental field is a growing sector in Tacoma, and I am proud of the success we have had in building a program that equips community members with the valuable training they need to open doors to lifelong, living wage careers,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards.

In collaboration with its community partners, the city aims to reach individuals working to overcome a variety of barriers to employment.

The City plans to train 54 students and place at least 39 graduates in environmental jobs. The core training program includes 216 hours of instruction in 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), first aid/CPR, 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) construction safety, underground storage tanks/leaking underground storage tanks, confined space entry, asbestos work, forklift operation, scissor lift operation, chemical safety awareness, and remediation technology.

Program participants who complete the training will earn three state certifications and three federal certifications.

Information about the City’s Local Employment and Apprenticeship Training Program is available at cityoftacoma.org/LEAP or through Clifford Armstrong III, program manager, at  carmstrong@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5826. Information about the City’s Community and Economic Development Department is available at cityoftacoma.org/CED or makeittacoma.com. Information about the City’s progress toward its Tacoma2025 goals is available on the Results253 page at data.cityoftacoma.org.

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