First graduates from new brownfield remediation scheme

The first class of formerly unemployed people from a scheme to retrain as brownfield workers have graduated.

Today (March 15) saw the graduation ceremony for students at the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Kansas City regional office.

This is the first class to graduate under funding provided by the EPA through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Regional administrator, Karl Brooks, said: "The EPA Brownfields Job Training Program transforms lives by empowering unemployed and underemployed residents of Brownfields-impacted communities to receive training which results in meaningful employment."

Of the 26 graduates in the first training class, one is already working and four others have been offered jobs in the industry.

OAI is assisting the remaining graduates with resume preparation and potential placements. OAI targeted individuals in Kansas City, Missouri's Green Impact Zone, and in Independence, Mo., to receive the training.

Luke Walsh




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