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Tacoma Selected to Receive $200,000 in Environmental Protection Agency Grant Dollars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that the City of Tacoma has been selected to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant dollars. Working with its partners – Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, Clover Park Technical College and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department – the City of Tacoma will use the EWDJT grant dollars to operate environmental job training programs that provide opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents in Pierce County. 

"Workforce training helps people make living wages,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “With this funding from the EPA, 54 students will gain skills for long-term employment in the growing environmental field.”

Those who complete the training program – which includes 200 hours of instruction on hazardous waste operations and emergency response, construction safety, first aid/CPR, leaking underground storage tanks, asbestos control, chemical safety awareness, remediation technology, lead abatement, respiratory protection and confined spaces – go on to earn nine state or federal certifications. 

Local area graduates have obtained employment working for contractors performing environmental remediation of asbestos, lead, polychlorinated biphenyl, underground storage tanks and other contaminants.

Since the inception of the EWDJT grant program in 1998, the City of Tacoma has received seven grants totaling $1,741,764. There have been 785 who have completed training and 549 participants who have gained employment. This equates to a local placement rate of approximately 70 percent. 


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